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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Two classic French-made scooters

It turns out that a lot of scooters have been presented by manufacturers around the world. Noted, besides the Italian which until now is considered as the first country to popularize the scooter cultures throughout the universe by their famous companies like Piaggio and Innocenti and then there're several companies in the Great Britain, Germany, Russia (in the time of the Soviet Union) and then cross the sea in the United States and even farther in Japan.
A French scooter known as the 1956 Manurhin MR75 on its heyday was ridden by a French couples somewhere in the country. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Mz4DzA)
All scooter manufacturers in the countries mentioned above have been discussed in several articles previuosly. And now we will discuss about the France which had also been recorded in history as one of the classic scooters producing countries. Here are two scooter manufacturer companies of the French:

1. Manurhin
This French manufacturer apparently did not want to miss in producing a scooter. Manufacturers who have the full name Manufacture de Machines du Haut-Rhin or abbreviated as Manurhin are also known as weaponary manufacturers.

At that time they were producing Hobby scooters with a license from the German company DKW. The scooter production by the Mulhouse-based manufacturer began in 1956 by using a proportion of French-made parts and later its scooter product been known as Manurhin MR75.
1958 Manurhin MR75 uses a single cylinder engine 74cc. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2nx1kjH)
The scooter was constructed to a high standard and also been known as one of the first motorcycles to be painted electrostatically, a process commonly known as powder coating. In its development, this French-made scooter was marketed to England under the name Manurhin Concord.
1961 Manurhin Concorde was a scooter model marketed in England. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/33ohBHb)
Compared to the scooters of its two Italian rivals, Manurhin's scooter has a longer body and bigger wheels so it is more similar to ordinary motorcycle wheels. In 1957 the MR75 model was relaunched with the new label of Manurhin Beltomatic SM75, this scooter used the 74cc single cylinder MR75 engine, but the sidepanels replaced the grilles over the rear wheels and the scooter was now a full automatic with no gear changes.
1957 Manurhin Beltomatic SM75 uses the same MR75 engine but, the scooter in a full automatic with no gear changes. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OBODz5)
When DKW decided to stop the Hobby scooters production in 1958, and turning all production over to Manurhin included its sale. The results are truly astounding! At that time Manurhin managed to occupy the third rank behind the Italian famous scooter giants, Lambretta and Vespa in the best selling scooters in Europe.
And finally, a bitter period arrived in the early 1960s, when the production of the Manurhin SM75 model was ceased. At the time, the over 50cc scooter market had collapsed in France, mainly due to changing regulations. It sadly then Manurhin stopped all scooter production and returned to the weaponary producing to date.

2. Peugeot
The next French manufacturer who also made the scooter was Peugeot. Maybe now, they are better known as car manufacturers. And incredibly, this French manufacturer can survive until now in producing and marketing scooters to all corners of the world with its newest flagship product Peugeot Django.
The first Peugeot scooter named Peugeot S55 is started on production the 1953. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/322ynez)
Peugeot's journey in the scooter producing has been done since the 1950s, at that time they decided to experiment in the cars and scooters designing. In the 1953, they launched a new vehicle namely a scooter named Peugeot S55 which was equipped with an engine adopted from its P55 small motorcycle.
1955 Peugeot S55. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Mv8ldg)
And in 1954 they also marketed new models namely S57, S57AL and S157. With a number of new innovations offered on their production scooter variants, ie the use of a new gear system where the pedal is replaced with a handle-bar selector.
1967 Peugeot S57. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2pVTVLC)
Then in 1957 the French manufacturer re-released the latest model of the S157 variant with front fender changes that can move independently of the body. Overall, Peugeot seemed to have succeeded in developing a scooter design that was different from its competitors at the time, namely the Italian Vespa or domestic WFM works with the "Osa."

In addition to the two French companies mentioned above, there's still another scooter-making company named ACMA (Ateliers de Construction de motocycles et d'Automobiles). The manufacturer has a factory in Fourchambault, near Dijon and beside produces several Vespa scooters under license of Piaggio up to renown to produce the scooters in special shaped for military purposes called Vespa 150 TAP or Bazooka Vespa.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of two-wheeled monster and stay alive with the true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | RETRO RIDES | ARDOR AUCTION]
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