Dr Alex Moulton (1920-2012)
RIP Dr Alex Moulton inventor of the famous Moulton bicycle and the rubber and hydrolastic suspension of the classic Mini. AROnline Obituary: Dr Alex Moulton (1920-2012) Obituary : Dr Alex Moulton (1920-2012) - AROnline Motoring File: MotoringFile Archive Original Mini Suspension Designer Alex Moulton Dies at 92
I had a 'Mini' Moulton bicycle when I was a kid in the 1960's, they are now quite sought after on ebay for restoration and the Japanese love buying the old Moulton bikes too so the prices are rising for original 1960's examples.
"Minis are first-class Moultons, made to a good standard and they deserve to be cherished. They are smaller but fully formed. If you dismantle a Mini you will find that the bike is a perfect reproduction of the full-size F frame Moulton. All parts are identical in the front suspension but in 7/8ths scale. The rear forks do not have the curved rubber “sandwich”, but a simpler “clapperbox” suspension which was also used on the top-of-the-range Moulton Speed ‘S’ models. And of course Minis have the distinctive 14 inch wheels rather than the 16 inch on the full sized model." http://www.moultonbuzz.com/models/mini/ History of the Moulton Bicycle: MOULTON Bicycle Company