This 23-inch Vade Mecum, type 2, was first sold on 28 Nov 1956, to Southgate Cycles of Gloucester, price 12 pounds 16 shillings 2 pence.
The present owner writes that he got it as a frameset from a friend and built it up as a riding bike meant
for leisure on all road surfaces and light off-the-beaten tracks. It was built a vision to recreate a fun riding bike that retains its period old-school charm with a mixture of components.
Components include: BSA Contimental deluxe hi flange Hubs 32/40h on Dunlop steel chromed rims 27 x 1 1/4; GB handlebar on GB spearpoint stem; Titan seat post, Brooks professional select saddle; Universal brakes; Campagnolo steel chainset, Campagnolo early Record pedals with strap loops; front Cyclo Benelux rod operated shifter; rear deraileur & shift lever are Benelux MK 7.
The color scheme is two-tone green, with black ht, gold lining, chromed head lugs, Coronation transfers.
Photographs courtesy of the owner.