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Re: 1957 Simplicity Wonder-Boy

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12-28-2012 18:13:19

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Golfcartman, I don't have a Simplicity Wonder-Boy, but I have done a little research on them as a part of my Simplicity history quest. I am doing the series on my blog, and I haven't finished working up to the Wonder-Boy time period. I do have the history in progress, though, on my website

From my notes so far, it seems that the Wonder-Boy was the first rear engine mower of all time.

The name came from William J. Niederkorn, Simplicity's executive and a marketing genius. He dubbed it the Wonder-Boy after a nickname his mother give him as a child.

The model evolved into the Simplicity Coronet series.

Maybe someone more familiar with Simplicity will correct me, but I did not know that they ever used a Clinton on a rider. I know for certain that Briggs was used on all early models for the Landlord/Broadmoor/Sovereign, and I always thought that Simplicity stuck with Briggs from the first, switching to Kohler only later. But I will stand corrected, perhaps (since you have a 1959, the first year of manufacture) you have an exception.

Are you familiar with They have a forum just for old Simplicity machines, and they will be able to assist you much better than I ever could. My only condition is that if you find answers, post them here so I can stand corrected!

I have attached an ad for the Wonder-Boy. It's a bit newer than your model, since they replaced the hardpan seat and tiller with a soft seat and a steering wheel. It has to be after 1964 since the Broadmoor was only introduced then.

Ben W. in VA

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12-29-2012 19:12:56

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 Re: 1957 Simplicity Wonder-Boy in reply to SuperABen, 12-28-2012 18:13:19  
Superaben, this one is a 1957 and it came with a 3.6 hp Clinton and it is the first rear engine rider made. The next year they went with the 4 hp Clinton engine and in 1959 it was the 700 Wonder boy which may have the B& S engine

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