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Meyland-Smith's  three-wheelers by: Jan Preuthun

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Sales ad from newspaper: "Velo Solex 3800. Three-wheeler. Black. Extremely rare three-wheeler model. In need of restoration. Spare parts included ... ". I immediately called the owner, we reached an agreement and on July 9th 2004 the beauty was delivered. It didn’t look quite right, though, so I began searching for more information on the model.

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The first details I found on this interesting vehicle came from members of Dansk Veteranknallert Klub, DVK, who told me that the designer was none less than one of the founding members of DVK, namely manufacturer Henry Meyland-Smith († 2001).

I learned that the moped was a Danish-made conversion to a handicap tricycle from the company Meyland-Smith (Model 305).

Basically, the Meyland model 305 is a Velo Solex 3800 moped converted to a three-wheeler.

The rear mudguard has been removed, and the rear wheel replaced by a Torpedo bicycle hub with two sprockets placed side by side. One on the drive, the other on the hub.

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The rear mudguard has been removed, and the rear wheel replaced by a Torpedo bicycle hub with two sprockets placed side by side. One on the drive, the other on the hub.

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Displaced about 15 cm further back is a broad shaft with a wheel and a guard on either side. In addition to this, there is a pair of inclined struts and primary chain adjusters.

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One of the rear wheels is free-wheeling. The other is connected to a drive shaft, which ends in a sprocket near the middle. A short intermediary chain connects this sprocket to the bicycle hub, which is free-wheeling and has a brake which is activated by pushing the pedals backwards.

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Model 305 is standard approved and has no. S892

This is a "3-wheeled handicap bicycle with an auxiliary motor"

This model can be seen “in the metal” at “Vestsjællands Bilmuseum” (West Zealand’s Car Museum), where it is on display alongside several other 3-wheelers.

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For the past few years, visitors of the the VeloSolex rally in the town Svaneke on the island Bornholm have also been able to experience the vehicle at “full steam”.

This model is from around 1950.

The motor is from the renowned French ABG Vap 4

Meyland-Smith had a long tradition of inventing and developing new and better solutions for customers himself. Some of these inventions spawned patent applications.

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The picture to the left shows an excerpt from the Danish patent DK 64807C for a vehicle, more specifically, a handicap vehicle of the kind powered by muscle power. Inventor: Manufacturer Henry Meyland-Smith. The Patent was granted Sept 2nd, 1946

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The idea is that you move the vehicle forward via a free-wheeling mechanism and a couple of right-angle gears, both when you push and pull the handle.

 

Meyland-Smith A/S still manufactures handicap aids, and I visited the company during a trip to the town of Hjørring late in the summer of 2004. At the time, Meyland-Smith was in the middle of a change of generation, and I spoke to representatives of both generations: Torsten Langsted and Käthe Brøndum, who both showed me great friendliness and hospitality and were more than willing to share their knowledge.

It turned out to be a very interesting visit. I received so much information that I could hardly remember it all, but in brief:

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The Meyland-Smith company started as a black smith’s in Classensgade 45 (Copenhagen) in 1901, where they soon went on to production of side cars for children in 1910, motor cycle sidecars in 1918, three-wheeled transport bicycles in 1920 and hospital equipment in 1930. After that, vehicles for the handicapped came to dominate increasingly and in 1945 the company began manufacturing motorised tricycles.

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By around 1975-76, there was no longer enough space on the premises in Classensgade, and the company moved to larger premises on Søborg Hovedgade 31A. The conditions there proved to be inadequate, however, so in 1979, with the aid of a local support programme, they moved to a new large house/factory in Taars, which is some distance north-east of for Ålborg, near Hjørring.

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In 2004 the company had 20 employees. Plenty of handicap vehicles were still being manufactured and sold, but everything to do with tricycles, both with and without engines, has now been taken off their programme.

In 2004, one of the latest innovative products created by the company itself was a foldable tandem.

The inherent problem, which I believe most people can imagine what is, has been solved by the company in a most elegant manner.

Child-sized tricycle from Meyland-Smith's own "attic museum".

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Specially manufactured for use at exhibitions and the like to demonstrate the workings of the differential.

Thanks to

Meyland-Smith A/S

Industrivej 27 – 9830 Taars

Tel. +45 9896 1985

Fax +45 9896 1986

mail info@meyland-smith.dk

website www.meyland-smith.dk

Torsten Langsted, Managing Director

and

Käthe Brøndum

 

For translation of this article into English

Niels Coley

Dear reader. If you have any information on this story, which can shed further light on the matter, I would be delighted to hear from you. Write to: preuthunATveteranknallert.dk