P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene generator 8 inch size – SOLD

P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene generator 8 inch size – SOLD


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P&H veteran vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene generator, 8 inch size.

It seems that these original carbide burning acetylene gas generators are now hard to find. I have owned a few over the years, including versions by Miller and Lucas. They all perform the same function. They were designed to drop water in the upper chamber onto a block of carbide, to produce acetylene gas. The gas feeds to the lamp (front or rear), where it is burnt.

Simple enough, I guess. There are few people who actually use these carbide acetylene gas generators as they were originally intended. Instead, they are plausible accessories that adorn lovely old flat tank motorcycles.

There were really two sizes. As this is about 8 inches tall, it is the larger of the two. The larger ones were usually (but not exclusively) used for the front lamp. The smaller generators were usually for the rear lamps.


This Powell & Hanmer, P&H, veteran / vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene generator is in reasonable condition. I have not taken it apart to check all of the components. Externally, it seems complete. It even has the fastening nuts for the clamps.

Other carbide lamps and generators to choose from

I have a selection of carbide acetylene lamps for sale. They are mostly for antique, veteran or vintage motorcycles. However, I have a few bicycle lights. They are the ones with the cycle fitting. These cycle lamps were also used on veteran flat tank motorcycles. Choose from the unusual ones through to Miller, P&H and Lucas carbide lamps. There is also a range of rear lamps and burner gas generators.

If you are looking for an antique lamp and generator for your early motorcycle, this P&H veteran / vintage motorcycle carbide acetylene generator 8 inch size would suit any size of flat tank bike. It’s the larger version.

Buyer notes

Shipping is charged ON TOP of the price for the item. There are too many variables to include shipping in the checkout, so please contact me before you buy and I will give you a shipping price.

I usually ship to most destinations.

International shipping available. Let me know where you are and I will send you a price for shipping with tracking

Combined shipping available. 

Viewing: Please come and check it over before you buy. It is at PE28, near St Ives in Cambridgeshire.

Collection: If you don’t want it shipped, I have plenty of space. If you can’t collect for a while, it’s not a problem. However, I will need to be paid very soon after the sale. Thanks.

Payment: Good old fashioned money on collection is preferred. I can accept payment through PayPal or by bank transfer as well. I can accept EUROS. Please ask. 

Import Taxes: Please note that IMPORT DUTIES are not something I can control. If you are buying from outside the UK, there is a chance that you will have to pay import taxes. Import taxes vary from country to country. If there are charges to pay, it is the buyer’s responsibility to research the cost and pay the duties. The price that you see on my advert is for the item and not the item plus whatever taxes might be due.

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