56 Everest etc.


I'm new to this forum, but I love it already. It feels like a community of those of us who know we're a bit strange....

Anyhow, my dad and I just took out of storage his 1956 Everest moped with a Zundapp engine. It had belonged to my grandfather, and I believe it was originally purchased in Germany and imported.

We have it running, but we plan to put on a new throttle cable and a fuel filter. It's really quite a neat old machine, and hopefully this summer we'll get it licensed and run around with it.

Dad now wishes to get rid of his 1972 (or so) Vespa Boxer. It needs some mechanical repair, he says, but I don't know what it needs. I do think I'll take it into my shop and fiddle with it.

I found on the photos section of this site pictures of the Wellbike! I finally have a name for it, which is great. My dad has one of those too. Anyone know of any good sites on that?

I look forward to participating here....great site.

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wow, i've never heard of the two bikes, and none of us has ever seen a wellbike (only in historical pictures). can you post pictures of them? can you tell us more about them?

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Simon King /

Another name that is often used for the wellbike is the "Paratrooper Bike". This is due to its use within the war.

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Well, the Everest was bought in Germany by my father's neighbor in the late 50s and brought over. My grandfather bought it from the neighbor, and passed it to his son. About twelve years ago, I remember Dad riding this Everest around town, and in the back roads (I live in an area with a lot of country). Just a neat old bike--I plan to post some pictures. The engine is a Zundapp, and I think there are some Italian markings on this bike as well. I'll have to post more info on it.

The Vespa Boxer sorta resembles some of the Motobecanes with a large oblong seat. Square headlight...I don't know much about this one at all. Dad bought it for Mom, but she never really took to it. Dad told me that he no longer cared what happened to it, so I think I'm going to claim it and see if I can get it running.

The Wellbike (is that pronounced as if it were German?) is really a relic. Complete and original. I have no idea if it runs or not, but I imagine that it would, given some time to clean it. I don't know where it came from, but I do know that Dad has had offers to buy it, and he's refused. A couple of years ago, he told me that if he ever got rid of it, he'd probably donate it to a museum or something. But, now it appears that it's actually worth some money! Any Wellbike enthusiasts here?

I'll try to get pictures, but it won't be soon. I have to take conventional pictures and take them to a friend who has a scanner. Sigh....

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wellbike was a british bike. a folding model was used by the polish independent parachute brigade at the battle of arnhem during operation market garden. but i think other wellbike models existed as well. look through our picture gallery, we have a few pictures of it there.

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