c.1963 Fuji 123cc Rabbit Model S-301 Scooter
Frame no. 97208
Previously the Nakajima Aircraft Co, Fuji was established in 1945 to manufacture civilian vehicles and was responsible for Japan's first motor scooter, the Rabbit S-1, which made its debut in June 1946, some months ahead of the Italian Vespa. The Rabbit was based on the American Powell scooter, examples of which had been brought to Japan by American servicemen. 25 different Rabbit models were manufactured between 1946 and 1968, making it the last as well as the first Japanese scooter. At the top of the range was the 200cc S601 with 'Superflow' torque converter transmission, an innovative feature for a scooter of the early 1960s. The torque converter was also available on the 123cc S-301, which in automatic guise became the S-301 BH. Out of total S-301 production of 137,449 units between 1961 and 1968, only 11,700 were the torque converter-equipped BH version. Although not well known outside of Japan, the Fuji Rabbit has earned itself a place in Japanese popular culture as a symbol of nostalgia. Fuji Rabbits have been featured in Japanese anime cartoon series such as FLCL and Paranoia Agent and are a favourite among collectors of scooters and motorcycles in Japan. Many Rabbit parts are now reproduced in the USA. Its engine turning over nicely with no worrying noises, this complete example requires full restoration. Offered without documents, it is an absolute 'must have' for any serious scooter collector. A total of 31,093 kilometres (approximately 19,320 miles) is currently displayed on the odometer. No reserve.
- We've been unable to read the frame or engine number on this machine.