c.1960 Suzuki 48cc Selped MA50 Frame no. MA-40809 Engine no. MA-31249K
Lot 297
c.1960 Suzuki 48cc Selped MA50
Frame no. MA-40809 Engine no. MA-31249K
Sold for £230 (US$ 384) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1960 Suzuki 48cc Selped MA50
Frame no. MA-40809
Engine no. MA-31249K
Michio Suzuki's company started life as a manufacturer of looms for the silk-weaving industry and did not make its first complete motorcycle until 1954, although these early models were marketed under the 'Colleda' name. In 1958 Suzuki entered the ultra-lightweight market sector, taking on the Honda Super Cub with the Suzumoped, a purpose-built small motorcycle, powered by Suzuki's Min-Free clip-on engine, which had clearly been inspired by the NSU Quickly. This was soon joined by the first of the 'Selped' scooterette range, whose design more closely followed that of the Super Cub, albeit with the fuel tank mounted above the engine in the Suzuki's case. Other noteworthy features included electric starting, flashing indicators and a four-speed gearbox. With 4bhp on tap and weighing only 58kg (128lb) the Selped MA50 was a lively performer by the standards of its class. Currently displaying a total of 8,775 kilometres (approximately 5,400 miles) on the odometer, this rare and collectible early Suzuki model is offered for restoration and sold strictly as viewed. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered without reserve.
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