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Lot 264 - 1960 Heinkel Tourist 175cc 103 A1

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£5,062

Auction MCN London Motorcycle Show February 2017
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Lot Number 264
Reg. Number EU Taxes Paid
Chassis Number 0201885
Year 1960
Make Heinkel
Model Tourist 175cc

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Description

Heinkel switched to scooter and bubble car production after WW2 and one of its most successful two-wheeled products was the Tourist scooter. It was an upmarket scooter being more expensive than a Vespa or a Lambretta, while also being a little heavier, more comfortable and more stable. It was available with a speedometer, a steering lock, a clock, a luggage carrier and a spare wheel. It was referred to in England as “The Rolls-Royce of Scooters” and was advertised by a US dealer as “The Cadillac of Scooters”.

Production of the 103 A1 series began in September 1957. The tubular handlebars of previous 149cc A0 series were replaced by a cast handlebar containing an instrument panel, while the OHV 4-stroke engine was now 174cc with a two-bearing crankshaft and rubber-mounted in the frame. 50,050 Tourist 103 A1s were built before production ended in June 1960.

This striking example was restored by a specialist in 2006. Finished in 2-tone cream and claret, this Heinkel Tourist is in lovely condition. It comes to sale with its German registration paper and owner’s manual.


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