Sunday, January 07, 2018

the Italjet mini mini sold for $900 at Bonhams Vegas auction Jan 2017

Publisher Floyd Clymer, best known for running Cyclemagazine from 1951-66, was also a wheeler-dealer intent of bringing defunct Indian Motorcycles back to life. Reportedly, Clymer sank a quarter-million dollars of his own money into the project, but sadly his stab at a restart died with him in 1970. Clymer's heirs then passed the Indian name onto Alan Newman, who established a surprisingly complete line of sub-125cc models before closing the operation in 1976.

One of those neo-Indians was the Mini Mini, ballyhooed as the "Ultimate Christmas Present" in company ads claiming it was the world's smallest complete motorcycle. Built by Italjet in Italy using a 49.7cc Morini engine with centrifugal clutch, the Mini weighed all of 57lbs., had a 30.5in. wheelbase and a seat height of just 18in., while top speed could be parentally restricted to 10mph and training wheels were available as an option!

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