c.1966 Sears Allstate 50cc Sabre
Frame no. 8409198
In times past it was not uncommon for American department store chains to import and sell European-built motorcycles under their own brand name. Sears-Roebuck of Chicago sold Puch two-strokes from the 1950s to at least 1979 under the 'Sears Allstate' label, an example of which is offered here. They also sold machines manufactured by the Italian Gilera and Vespa concerns.
The motorcycle part of the Austrian Steyr-Daimler-Puch combine, Puch introduced its first motorcycle in early 1900s. These days the firm is best remembered for its pioneering 'split-single' two-strokes, the first of which was developed in the 1920s, but smaller single cylinder motors have always been a healthy part of the business.
The Sears Allstate Sabre offered here was the most economical motorcycle offered. Slotting below the 250cc Twin and Gilera-designed 106 Super Sport, the 50cc Sabre promised the style of a motorcycle with the thrift of a moped. Costing less than $240, ads from the time promised a top speed of 45mph and fuel economy of up to 104 miles to the gallon.
Fresh from long term storage, this rare motorcycle represents an excellent basis for a restoration.
- Please note that this vehicle is titled as 1950.