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    Value of the Katakura Porta Cycle?

    We have a Silk Porta Cycle manufactured by Katakura- Tokyo, Japan, and we are planning on selling it shortly. I am interested to know how much this bike is worth? It is also known as a 1950s Japanese WWII Paratroopers Bicycle. The bicycle is in good condition from the 1960s with all original parts, 3sp, some minor scratches on the paint. See attached photos (we were not able to upload our own give file size limitations on this board, but here are some others showing the exact same bike minus a luggage rack).

    Thanks to anyone who can provide info!
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    value?

    The value will be what the market will bear.

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    Not Selling At An Auction

    We are not selling the bike at an auction. It will probably be sold on Craigslist or in a local flyer so we will need to come up with a suitable price before proceeding. And I have no clue what that could be.

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    Here are a couple recently for sale on eBay...one sold low and the other didn't sell, so I guess they are not highly sought after. Of course, you might find someone who is keen on them.

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/KATAKURA-PORTA-CY...QQcmdZViewItem

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/VINTAGE-SILK-KATA...QQcmdZViewItem

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    Thank you! I had seen the second listing on Ebay - the one where the guy starts off by advertising the bike, and somehow segways into a Jesus Sermon. :-) The first posting I had not seen. Hmmm . . . . that one didn't go for much, did it!

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    I just acquired one of these bicycles. Though when I clicked on the links to ebay they had removed to postings can nsomeone tell me the value of the Katakura posta silk? In dollars and cents please.

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    It is impossible to give 'dollars & cents' valuations, as the bike will sell for whatever any given person will pay for it.
    But at the end of the day, this is a small wheeled, 'Klapprad' type U-framed folder, heavy for its size and not generally regarded as collectable. If you got it to enjoy or to upgrade it into something more practical, Great! If you got it because you thought it would be worth a fortune some day.............HoHum!
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    Personally, I'd give you maybe $25 for it.

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