I know the name of this publication is Motorcycle Classics and not Scooter Classics, but what the heck.
Scooters are cool, have tons of style and classic European scooters were many a man’s stepping stone to the motorcycle world. Here are four photos of scooters I recently purchased in Germany. My reason for selecting these scooters is plain and simple personal attraction. They look cute and with gas prices as high as they are today, scooters are fun and economical.
Next we have a 175cc, 1960 Cezeta. The snout on this one serves as a rolling bomb of sorts. Note that the gas tank is mounted directly behind the headlight! You’ve got your fuse and incendiary all in one!
Our third example is the 150cc 1956 NSU Lambretta Autoroller. NSU was at one time the largest producer of motorcycles in Europe. The Lambretta was an Italian design built under license by NSU in Germany. NSU Lambrettas are high quality, and many are still in use today.
Scooters (and their four wheel kin, microcars) had their heyday in the late Fifties and early Sixties. They were popular when “motoring” was fun and exciting, and they’re still a lot of fun today. — John Landstrom