This is pretty cool, a WWII era Taipei Rickshaw of ebay. Starting bid is US$4250.
I sent an email to the Taipei City Cultural Affairs department about a week ago with this find, but I’m 99.999999% certain they deleted my message as useless spam. The bidding looks like it is closed now so if they didn’t make a move, it’s their loss.
Note: Although rickshaws/pedicabs wouldn’t work in modern Taipei due to traffic conditions and lack of AC, there is still one place that a pedicab service would be useful - taking people from the Taipei City Hall MRT station to Warner village. I gave it some thought as a side biz and even looked into a few companies offering vehicles, but licensing and only very small ROI make the idea only a passing though. Using the vintage pedicabs would have been a bonus and probably would have yeilded some advertisment $. Also, since no one else is doing this, free media exposure by the local rags would be a given. (plus rental to wedding shops, etc.). There is another pedicab from Indonesia for sale on ebay here: pedicab2 Add link: Rickshaw forums. I copied all these images to my vintage photo collection in case the link goes offline. www.initechnology.com/taipics (rickshaws_pedicabs folder)