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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

It wasn't the mythical box, just the 1950s Japs scarce scooter

The presence of many new scooter models today does not necessarily make classic scooters lose their prestige. Likewise, the classic scooters presented by the Japanese brands from around the 1950s may still be few who know of its existence. As has been known and been presented in previous articles about the existence of several early scooters made by Japanese companies from the era of the 1950s.
1959 Tosho Pandora 125 cc scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XT3ZlL)
Now on this occasion, we still discussed one of the unfamiliar Japanese-made scooters of the 1950s. Maybe some of you are not familiar with the Tosho brand that we will discuss in this article. The Japanese manufacturer with the formal name 'Tosho Auto Industry Co., Ltd.' is known for its two-wheeled vehicle products only for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) in a relatively short period of times, namely 1958 and 1963. So this is probably why the company's products are only known in Japan.
1958 Tosho Echo 50 cc moped. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37CkzKM)
From a source we found in cyberspace which later quoted by us, namely www.oldjapanesebikes.com, this company is a joint venture company between a Japanese pioneers Tohatsu and Changwon so that's known as Tochang (while other sources mention that the company collaborated with Showa).

The company has a base in Chiyoda, Tokyo. And during its time in the world of the two-wheeled vehicle industry, the company was recorded to have ever produced a moped in 1958 named Tosho Echo, which uses an engine of its own-made with the capacity of 50 cc.
1959 Tosho Pandora 125 cc scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/37CkzKM)
Then in 1959, the manufacturer was later launching a prototype scooter that was named Tosho Pandora or Pandra, in contrast to a moped powered by a machine with a displacement of 50 cc, then this Pandora scooter used a 125 cc engine displacement. Interestingly, both of them turned out to apply the pull-starter system to start their engine, instead of the kick-starter like most motorbikes at the time.
1959 Tosho Pandora 125 cc scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2OKneK5)
Then no less unique, the Tosho Pandora scooter was looked pretty cool with a tailfin shape that at a glance similar to one that pinned on the American car-made at the time such as the Chevrolet Bel Air and others. At that time, the existence of the tailfin was believed to be a 'stabilizer' to place the 'pressure center' as far as possible behind the vehicle (if it's applied to cars). But if it is applied to a scooter, what should the function of it? What do you think?

Finally, in 1963, the company was taken over by Yamaha Motor Company, one of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers after being unable to survive the harsh business competition in the two-wheeled vehicle industry and since then this brand was disappeared.😢
1959 Tosho Pandora 125 cc scooter. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2XGJ2KD)
Hence, the existence of the Tosho Pandora scooter today is very rare, even in Japan too. This is indicated by the rarity of pictures from this scooter in cyberspace and even some of the images that were later displayed in this article were also coming from those few sources.

Due to its rarity, it made seem like a mysterious figure like the mythical box Pandora's box. If you have additional information regarding this unique Japanese scooter. Don't hesitate to comment in Our comments column below. We really appreciate all the information you submit.

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