(The Corgi scooter)

  (The Corgi scooter)
Submitted by Anris Boris

Greeting Folks,The Corgi scooter

Here is a rare item today.. Derived from The Welbike was a British single-seat motorcycle devised during World War Two at Station IX — the 'Inter Services Research Bureau' — based at Welwyn, UK, for use by Special Operations Executive (SOE). It has the distinction of being the smallest motorcycle ever used by the British Armed Forces,. Between 1942 and 1943, 3,641 units (plus a prototype and some pilot models) were built and, although not much used by the SOE, some were issued to the British 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions and some were used at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden..

After the War, The originator John Dolphin developed his ideas further and set up the Corgi Motorcycle Co Ltd. of which he was Managing Director..
produced as the Corgi by Brockhouse Engineering (Southport) Ltd., who had been manufacturing military trailers during the war. The Corgi scooter was powered by an Excelsior Spryt Autocycle engine and went into production in 1947. Most were initially exported to North America branded as the 'Indian Papoose' and not sold in the UK until early 1948, with some 27,050 being manufactured. The single speed two stroke engine was too slow, however, and even despite the high post war demand for transport, lack of power and reliability problems meant it was discontinued in October 1954..
Corgi scooters were sometimes painted a military green but were not much used by the British armed forces. A few were used by the Royal Navy for example..

I have a photo of an original wartime Welbike, I'l try to dig it out..



Here is a rare item today.. Derived from The Welbike was a British single-seat motorcycle devised during World War Two at Station IX — the 'Inter Services Research Bureau' — based at Welwyn, UK, for use by Special Operations Executive (SOE). It has the distinction of being the smallest motorcycle ever used by the British Armed Forces,. Between 1942 and 1943, 3,641 units (plus a prototype and some pilot models) were built and, although not much used by the SOE, some were issued to the British 1st and 6th Airborne Divisions and some were used at Arnhem during Operation Market Garden..

After the War, The originator John Dolphin developed his ideas further and set up the Corgi Motorcycle Co Ltd. of which he was Managing Director..
produced as the Corgi by Brockhouse Engineering (Southport) Ltd., who had been manufacturing military trailers during the war. The Corgi scooter was powered by an Excelsior Spryt Autocycle engine and went into production in 1947. Most were initially exported to North America branded as the 'Indian Papoose' and not sold in the UK until early 1948, with some 27,050 being manufactured. The single speed two stroke engine was too slow, however, and even despite the high post war demand for transport, lack of power and reliability problems meant it was discontinued in October 1954..
Corgi scooters were sometimes painted a military green but were not much used by the British armed forces. A few were used by the Royal Navy for example..

I have a photo of an original wartime Welbike, I'l try to dig it out..