Five classic scooter rides from the 60s
''What about scooters?'' emailed Alan Davis.
So here is our five classic motor scooters of the 60s. And if we left out your Heinkel, Zundapp, or DMW, we sincerely apologise!
Also sold as the BSA Sunbeam, the Tigress was built from 1959 to 1964 with a 175cc two-stroke single or a 250cc four-stroke parallel twin. The latter was quick and smooth, but build quality was typical of British efforts of the time – abysmal.
The Lambretta was the mods' must-have scooter of the 60s. The simple design still looks good 50 years on. In the early 70s, Lambretta was mismanaged out of existence when makers Innocenti were bought by British Leyland.
The Viceroy had a front-mounted, shaft-drive 250cc two-stroke flat-twin, with electric starter and a foot-operated four-speed gearbox. Built from 1960 to 64, 700 were sold. Leftover engines were used in early hovercraft experiments.
Vespa was Lambretta's arch-rival in the 60s, and pre-dated the Innocenti brand. But, unlike its rival, it never stopped production. The Vespa lives on, with cleaner four-stroke engines and modern electronics but the same classic looks.
The Dürkopp Diana was introduced in 1954 and was an immediate success in Germany and Europe. Sadly, the scooter was taken out of production in 1961 so that Dürkopp could concentrate on industrial sewing machines and bearings.
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