1953 Terrot 125cc VMS2 Scooter Frame no. 612563
Lot 418
1953 Terrot 125cc VMS2 Scooter Frame no. 612563 Engine no. 712755
Sold for €1,840 (US$ 2,296) inc. premium

Lot Details
1953 Terrot 125cc VMS2 Scooter Frame no. 612563 1953 Terrot 125cc VMS2 Scooter Frame no. 612563 1953 Terrot 125cc VMS2 Scooter Frame no. 612563
1953 Terrot 125cc VMS2 Scooter
Registration no. 9282 TW 61
Frame no. 612563
Engine no. 712755
Terrot introduced its first motor scooter – the VMS – at the Paris Salon in October 1951. When it came to its looks, the French maker could not be accused of imitating the leaders in the field, Italy, for the bulbous VMS seems to have been inspired by the styling of contemporary American sedans. Beneath the generously proportioned hull there was single-sided suspension at both ends, which made for easy wheel changing. In 1953 the 98cc two-speed original was superseded by the 125cc VMS2, while the VMS3 of 1954 came with a three-speed gearbox. Repainted but otherwise highly original, this VMS2 carries a plaque engraved by the original owner, M Chambrier. Last insured for road use to September 1999, the machine is offered with French Carte Grise normale.

Footnotes

  • Terrot 125 cm3 VMS2 Scooter 1953
    Immatriculation n° 9282 TW 61
    Cadre n° 612563
    Moteur n° 712755

    Terrot lança son premier scooter – le type VMS – au Salon de Paris d'octobre 1951. Sur le plan du style le constructeur français ne pouvait être accusé de copier les initiateurs de la formule, les Italiens, car le bulbeux VMS semble plutôt avoir regardé du côté des berlines américaines contemporaines. Dans la coque aux formes généreuses, on trouvait sur chaque roue une suspension monobras qui facilitait les changements de roue. En 1953, le modèle original 98 cm3 à deux vitesses fit place au VMS 2 de 125 cm3 tandis que le VMS 3 de 1954 offrait trois vitesses. Repeint, mais par ailleurs d'origine, ce VMS 2 porte encore la plaque gravée au nom de son premier propriétaire, M. Chambrier. Assuré pour la dernière fois jusqu'en septembre 1999, ce scooter est offert avec sa carte grise française.
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