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1972 Yamaha U7E

In Japan, Scooter, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

This rare step through is a Yamaha U7E, and in the US it was only available for one year. I’ve never seen one before, and I even struggled to find reliable sources of information for basic specs. Do any of you have experience with this little scoot? And do you think it’s cuter than a Honda Cub?

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1947 Salsbury Imperial Rocket

In America, Scooter by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

The Great Depression era shook up countless industries, creating a need for low-cost, high-efficiency products. So when E. Foster Salsbury reportedly saw Amelia Earhart romping around a California airport on a small motorized two wheeler, he recognized the potential of a cheap, reliable means of transportation. This prompted Salsbury to co-develop the Salsbury Aero Model Motor Glide in 1936 — …

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Rare Scooter With No Reserve – 1959 Manet S-100

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Post Sale Update” This Manet sold for $2,247 after 46 bids on eBay. Built between 1958 and 1964, the Manet S-100 was a Czechoslovakian scooter build by Povazske Strojirny that was claimed to return 100 mpg (no, that’s not where the name came from). 51,244 examples were built but very few made it to the US. The succeeding model from …

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1966 Vespa Super Sprint 90

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Post Sale Update: This Super Sprint sold for $15,200 after 44 bids on eBay. One of Vespa’s most interesting scooters, the Super Sprint 90 is valuable due to the unique style and the relative low production number – approximately 5,000 were built between 1965 and 1971.

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Lambretta Licensed – 1973 Serveta Jet 200

In Italy, Scooter, Spain by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Sale Update: This Serveta sold for $6,421 after 25 bids on eBay. [x_line} In the early 50s, Lambretta’s Spanish distributor got permission from the parent company of Innocenti to build their own licensed copies. Production started in 1954, and a decade later the Spanish company changed their name from Lambretta Locomociones to Serveta. In 1966, Lambretta introduced a top …

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47cc Folding Moped – 1975 Carnielli Motograziella

In Italy, Scooter, Small Displacement by AbhiLeave a Comment

Post Listing Update: This Motograziella did not get any interest at the unmet opening bid of $2,400. I’ve featured all kinds of folding scooters over the years, but this just might be the most stylish of them all. “This” is the Motograziella, a 47cc folding moped built by Carnielli of Vittorio Veneto, Italy. Carnielli was founded in the 1920s, but …

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Cafe, Scrambler, or Chopper? – Trio of One-Off Puch Mopeds

In America, Austria, Scooter, Small Displacement by Tim HuberLeave a Comment

Mopeds are a fantastic choice when looking for an affordable motorized two-wheeler to customize. Aftermarket mechanical and cosmetic parts are cheap and abundant, plus the small engines that power these scoots are incredibly simple and easy to maintain. As these three one-off Puch examples so thoroughly demonstrate, the range of possibilities when it comes to modifying a moped can be …