The fenders have several dings and dents, and they do not have the front and rear lamps/accent pieces. Tires hold air but aren't even close to original - both built overseas. The bike is rideable but will require a complete overhaul of the drive train to get back to fully operational.
Very cool bike and with a little (alot) tlc and elbow grease would make for a great project bike.
Year is most likely late 1930's or early 1940's.
This bicycle has the triple step lobdel rims, round shaped stainless fenders, and the straight steel truss rods.
Monark was a unique company that had its start as a battery manufacturer from the early part of the century. There are quite a few art deco touches on all of the aluminum models from Monark Silver King. Lights, head tubes, rear stays, bottom brackets. The designers must have had fun going from batteries to bicycles.
Monark began building aluminum bicycles under the name Silver King in the 1930s and continued their production into the 1950s. Their unique style and light weight made them extremely appealing. Silver King also developed a monthly payment plan, making their purchase a bit more palatable for depression era consumers on a tight budget.
Made in Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
**Not rideable as there are no brakes - the rear hub needs a complete overhaul
Even though the bicycle has 24" wheels, it fits and rides like a full size balloon tire 26" bike.
Steel Quill Stem, (not the winged stem), no chrome, not original
tires - not original
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Used or New||Used|