Anybody heard of the Brockhouse Corgi, a small, partly foldeable moped brought to the British public in 1948 by Jack Olding & Co. Ltd of Mayfair, London? Reynard Collectables have just listed a small collection of reviews and brochures of this fascinating machine but I can find little about it (although I did read somewhere online that one of these machines was featured in the Ealing Comedy “The Titfield Thunderbolt”!).
It seems that the machine was originally used by Paratroopers and was known then as the “Welbike”. It was fairly light and thus able to be parachute-dropped during the Normandy landings of WWII. From there it was transformed into the Corgi, and as one of my brochures puts it, “Easy Transport for the District Nurse”.
However, with just the handlebars dropping down, I am not too sure about its claim to be “easily folded”. At a fairly hefty 95 lbs, it wouldn’t be the easiest thing to fling over your shoulder. Apparently it could also carry “Minnitt” gas and air equipment which I assume was a part of a district nurse’s kit.
Another interesting picture shows the machine with sidecar attached and with a tilt mechanism making it purely a machine for load carrying rather than for bearing a passenger, however small (unless they made a tilting passenger seat to enable you to avoid the tilting driver).
Lovely period stuff, and available in the Reynard Collectables ebay store.