The Michelin Man, or Bibendum, is a French cultural icon. Penned in 1898 by cartoonist O’Galop (Marius Roussillon) as a regal character born out of a stack of white tyres, this highly recognizable fellow still remains the main mascot of the Michelin tyre company until this day.
A French corporation since the late 19th Century, Michelin always been at the forefront of tyre technology, with developments like the run-flat tyre and radial construction. The Michelin Guide, originally conceived as a way to motivate the French people to drive all over the country, has now become the single best restaurant rating on the planet.
This rare Bibendum-shaped lamp dates from the late 1950’s or early 1960’s, and is presented with its original wiring. Despite its age, it is in full working order and excellent condition overall.