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Wagener Motorcycles

Wagener 1906c 2¾hp

Image courtesy Terry Parker of the VVMCSA.

Manufactured by Wagener Bros, 149 Rundle St, Adelaide from 1906 using Minerva and Peugeot engines. One of the brothers, Ted, left the firm to form his own business building motorcycles named Blue Spec .

In 1913 William Wagener built Blue Bell motorcycles, still in Adelaide but at a different address.

Blue Bell

Manufactured by Wagener's Blue Bell Cycle Works

121 Argent-Street Broken Hill and 140 Patton-Street Adelaide.

Advertised Blue Bell 4 h.p. motorcycles along with Singer, New Hudson and OK Precision.

Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) Tue 30 Dec 1913 (Trove NLA)

Terry Parker writes in the magazine (Feb 2020), "It is well known that W Wagener built the Bluebell motorcycle at Payneham Road Maylands from the early 1900's." (Saward gives the address as Payneham Rd, College Park).

N.B. Another Blue Bell was built by H. Canet of Shepparton, Victoria.

Sources: Saward; Trove NLA.

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