This Brompton No 2 clearly shows the early development of the brand concept. It is unique for the way the frame and stem folds. Both of these folds are operated using lever/locking mechanisms. The cable routing is opposite to the norm and the gear cable router is in a different orientation. Several components are clearly handmade.
The head tube is hand painted and whole head tube front frame is acute in angle to the mainframe. This entire aesthetic gives a very different appearance to the modern Brompton but is clearly an “early runner” for this bench mark folding bicycle brand.
Tim commented “I have been a Brompton dealer since 1988 and the no 2 bike came my way over 30 years ago. I have the name of the original owner and can provide this to the successful bidder.
I have stored the bike in a clean dry space and the condition is very good (except the mudguards) In the time I have had it, it’s been ridden no more than a few hundred yards. On my recommendation I changed the tyres for the previous owner.
I believe this is one of the oldest Brompton, that shows the compact size of the bike that’s gone onto set the standard for folding bikes”.