Published 19th February 2009
From the British firm of Bassett-Lowke comes this superb speedboat 'Iolanthe' . The iconic shape of the hull shouts 1930's and Sir Malcolm Campbell would have been proud of her. She has a painted wooden two-tone hull, engine compartment with cover enclosing a clockwork motor, and a cockpit protected by a windscreen. The rudder can be adjusted to give a wide or narrow turning circle.
The inter-war years was the 'Golden Age' of speed with attempts on the land speed record, as well as the water speed record,the 'Bentley Boys' winning Le Mans 24 hour races and Britian winning the Schneider trophy, what boy could fail to want to go to the boating pond with this beauty?
Bassett-Lowke was founded in 1899 and went on to produce some ot the finest model railway locomotives, ships, traction engines and engineering models ever. They produced models for museums as well as ship models for numerous shipping lines.
This Bassett-Lowke clockwork operated speedboat 'Iolanthe' will be included in our Maritime Sale to be held on 1st April, at our Alphin Brook Road saleroom.