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Friday, February 26, 2010

1920's Michelin Man Cast-Iron Air Compressor






Available here.

22 comments:

Red-SSR said...

WOW! This is so amazing. I wish I owned it...Gary

Joey said...

Me too!

the watercats said...

I would so love this thing!!!... I really enjoy dropping by this site by the way! I love you obscure eye, looking at the stuff on here sometimes makes me yearn for a lottery win, if only to get a bigger house to put stuff in! :-)
cheers!

Joey said...

Thanks for the kind words! There's so much great stuff out there that's available on eBay or with dealers for a short while and then go back into private collections never to be seen again. I started doing this blog as sort of a visual archive of some of this stuff. I'm glad I've found some people who really appreciate it.

Keep following!

Thanks,

Joey.

Anonymous said...

I am looking to buy an antique Michelin Air Compressor. Do you have any leads?

Joey said...

Right now I don't :(

Anonymous said...

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=140440789833&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Joey said...

Yea!

Another one!

Thanks for the tip!

Anonymous said...

does any one know how much these sell for? because i have one,and as its the centenary coming up i would like to know.

Joey said...

I think the last two I've seen have been in the $500 - $700 range. It all depends on condition too obviously.

Anonymous said...

i have one on uk ebay now and the bidding has been frantic so far

jhon said...

I'll have one for sale
www.jhobrouwer.nl

popeye64 said...

HI MICHELIN MAN LOVERS,
I HAVE GOT A 22INCH IN HEIGHT,11INCHES AT WIDEST,
CAST IRON MICHELIN MAN FOR SALE,
IF ANYONE INTERESTED EMAIL ME AT
N.CAMBRIDGE1@NTLWORLD.COM

popeye64 said...

HI MICHELIN MAN LOVERS
I HAVE GOT A VERY RARE 22inch HEIGHT
11inch WIDE CAST IRON MICHELIN MAN FOR SALE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION EMAIL ME AT n.cambridge1@ntlworld.com
yes it is 22inch HEIGHT
11inch WIDEST POINT YES IT IS CAST IRON VERY RARE TO FIND.
IF YOU EMAIL ME IN LOWER CASE MADE SLIGHT MISTAKE IN FIRST BLOG THANKS

Anonymous said...

They just showed one on A&E Storage Wars Texas Season 1 episode 1

Joey said...

Ah, I'm going to have to check it out. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Ok guys, The real value of the small 12v compressor is in US$ : From 1500 to 3000 $ depending of the condition , and i mean is it is repainted the value comes down to 200 or 250$ not more. In his original condition (including the tube in the mouth , without any rust and still in working condition would worth up to 3000$ US$ .

luke said...

They had one on american restoration.... They said its worth 1500 un restored and anywhere from 4500 to 5000 restored.... I think they do a good job, but from the pics you have of the original, the resto they did was not very accurate.

Joey said...

@Luke,

Yeah, I was really disappointed by the job they did on American Restoration. It's a philosophical argument on original patina vs. complete restoration. I prefer original patina, but there's something to be said about at least some restoration.

Brad Smothers said...

I just finished watching the show myself . I think they ruined the overall value of the compressor when they " restored " it.

The customer was happy though!

Vintage Dreamer said...

If you are still looking for a countertop tyre compressor, a Mr Bibendum Michelin Man 1920's, then my father in law is selling his at auction on 19th October and you can bid over the internet. If this link doesn't work you can find it on busby.co.uk and Lot 8 of the car sale. Thanks Caroline
http://www.busby.co.uk/sale-lots/1169/A+superb+counter-top+tyre+compressor%2C+dating+to+the+inter+war+period+of+the+1920%27s+-+1930%27s

Pal George said...

Hey, Nice post regarding Air Compressor thanks for posting...