Britains Lilliput World Vehicle Series

LB/536 Civilian Motorcycle

Britains Lilliput World Vehicle Series LB/536 Civilian Motorcycle

Issued 1951-1960    Length 30mm    'OO/HO' scale (1:76)

Britains introduced three Motorcycles early in the Lilliput range selling them, for example, in trade boxes two dozen (24)  at a time. There is evidence that Britains planned to number the Motorcycle models collectively as 'LV/607' and a trade box exists to confirm this, but at their launch they appeared with individual numbers.

All three Motorcycles used the same single casting with unpainted metal or lead wheels held on by a nail-head & crimped axle. Later Britains re-designed the wheels giving them side lugs for a push-fit arrangement. Despite their small size, the detail of the Motorcycle casting was impressive but it is not known if the model was based on a particular real motorcyle make. 

The Civilian Motorcycle was the only one of the three to be given more than one colour scheme. The most common one was a black bike, a dark-green fuel tank, silver trim on the headlight and exhausts, and sometimes silver on parts of the engine. There was also a white mark put on the tip of the rear mudguard. The rider normally had a pale-brown outfit with a white scarf, dark-brown boots, gloves and cap, and a pale-tan or creamy-pink face.

Other colours which have been found for the Civilian Motorcycle are a pale-blue bike, a mid-green bike, a red bike (all with silver fuel tanks), a light-brown rider with dark-brown leggings, or with mid-brown boots, gloves and cap, and a grey rider with black boots. More variations probably exist.

LB/536 was included in the large L/11 Railway Display Set but otherwise was sold unboxed from Trade boxes. Although being on sale for many years, it is not a common model, and the non-standard colours are rare.

Britains Lilliput World Vehicle Series LB/536 Civilian Motorcyle
Britains Lilliput World Vehicle Series LB/536 Civilian Motorcycle

LB/536: Pale-Blue bike, silver fuel tank, rider with mid-brown boots/gloves/cap

LB/536 Civilian Motorcycle

Standard colour

Black bike, green tank, pale-tan rider w.white scarf & dark-brown boots/gloves/cap

Other known colours

Pale-Blue bike, silver tank, rider with mid-brown boots/gloves/cap

Mid-Green bike, silver tank, dark-brown engine, tan rider w.dark-brown leggings/gloves/cap

Red bike, silver tank, grey rider w.black boots/gloves/cap

Britains Lilliput World Vehicle Series LB/536 Civilian Motorcycle Trade box

LB/536: Trade box for 2 doz. (24) models

Britains Lilliput World Vehicle Series LB/536 Civilian Motorcycle
Britains Lilliput World Vehicle Series LB/536 Civilian Motorcycle

LB/536: Mid-Green bike, silver fuel tank, tan rider with dark-brown leggings 

Britains Lilliput World Vehicle Series LB/536 Civilian Motorcycle

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