1959 Heinkel 175cc Tourist
Engine no. 186 694
One of Germany's foremost aircraft manufacturers, Heinkel turned to the production of scooters and 'bubble cars' after WW2, one of its most successful two-wheeled ventures being the Tourist scooter. The Tourist was a common sight on German roads during the 1950s, even the police used them, and such was Heinkel's faith in their product that it offered gold plaques to owners whose machines passed the 100,000 kilometres mark. Unlike its major Italian rivals, which were two-stroke powered, the Tourist used a 150cc overhead-valve four-stroke engine developing 7.2bhp. The original Tourist 101 was superseded by the 175cc models 102 and 103, whose engine was also used in the 'cabin scooter' bubble car. With 9.2bhp on tap, the larger Tourists were good for a top speed of around 57mph.
Nothing is known about the history of this example, which has been on display in the Lakeland Motor Museum for over ten years. Its mechanical condition likewise is not known, though it appears to be mostly complete apart from the spare wheel, side cover, fuel cap and some trim items, which are missing. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. No reserve.
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