The Leica clockwork motor MOOLY, introduced in 1938, was suitable for use with all Leica cameras with a serial number above 159,000.
The motor is mounted on the camera body instead of the base plate and allows with fully wound spring mechanism to photograph up to 12 pictures in series. The shutter release is triggered either via the release lever on the front of the motor drive or by means of a cable release at a special socket at the bottom of the motor.
The coupling with the shutter release trigger of the camera is released by an attachable “coupling arm”. However, at least one model with an internal linkage, which has only been introduced with the following model, the MOOLY-C, in serial production, is also intended.
Other known variants are the early versions with speed selector switch between one or two images per second and the intermediate model with the deactivated speed selector lever.
Offered is one of the rare motor MOOLY versions with speed selector switch for 1 or 2 frames per second. The cosmetical condition is good, and the technical condition of the motor MOOLY is good to very good.
The frame rate switch works perfectly and the MOOLY is in unaltered and fully working condition!
It seems to be one of the last models with switchable speed to act!
The motor MOOLY with the number 704 is already one of the intermediate models with still available but functionless selector switch. In addition, the motor MOOLY’s numbers 868 and 1059 are also known, which also do not permit a speed selection (see James Lager “Leica – An illustrated History” Vol. III on pages 58 and 60).
Total production: there are no precise records
Rarity forecast: R9