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May252006

300mph Motorcycle from 1935

Fred Luther “seeks 300mph” with a custom motorcycle that’s powered by a 6-cylinder Plymouth engine — making its debut in the July, 1935 issue of Modern Mechanix.

The 1,500-pound machine has a wheelbase of 85 inches and an over-all length of 115 inches. The frame is a standard one which has been lengthened and reinforced with steel tubing. Luther steers his motorcycle through two large sprockets connected by a 3/4-inch chain. The steel plates, mounted in front of the rear wheel, act as brakes when lowered

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