Year is most likely late 1930's or early 1940's.
This bicycle has the flat sided rims, no window lugs, and round shaped stainless fenders.
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.
Steel handlebars, steel round fenders (rear fenders have dress guard holes lining the edges, straight steel truss rods, short light, missing the battery tube and rear lens.
Cloverleaf marked bell included on handlebars, doesn't work though.
***Notice that the frame has already been reworked. The pins have been replaced with screws (phillips) and the rear bolts have been replaced - left side is an allen bolt. Probably not stock.
Because of the frame mods, this bicycle will have some issues trying to get it to completely stock. Quite a bit of work.
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)
tires - Allstate safety tread tires 24" x 2.125, decent shape
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Used or New||Used|