The property of James May,1976 Suzuki AP50 Frame no. 14733 Engine no. 229967
Lot 327
The property of James May,1976 Suzuki AP50
Registration no. PCA 842P Frame no. 14733 Engine no. 229967
Sold for £4,830 (US$ 6,456) inc. premium

Lot Details
The property of James May,1976 Suzuki AP50 Frame no. 14733 Engine no. 229967
The property of James May
1976 Suzuki AP50
Registration no. PCA 842P
Frame no. 14733
Engine no. 229967
Suzuki's expansion throughout the 1960s was founded on a range of two-stroke ultra-lightweights, which although of small capacity offered a useful performance increase over the ubiquitous 50cc 'step-thru' moped. The Japanese company was thus well placed to exploit the 'Sixteener Special' market in the UK, where 16-year olds were restricted to riding 50cc machines equipped with pedals. By adding pedalling gear to its existing A50 model, Suzuki came up with the A50P (or AP50) a machine that was both stylish and fast, being capable of reaching 50mph. It was also just what the average speed-obsessed teenager wanted. Of course, this was not what the Whitehall bureaucrats had in mind when they framed the legislation - their insistence on pedals had been meant to restrict youngsters to relatively slow mopeds - and in 1977 the law changed to restrict the 'Sixteeners' to 30mph, though the requirement for pedals was dropped. All of which made the unrestricted models all the more desirable, a state of affairs that obtains among today's collectors. The property of BBC Television's 'Top Gear' co-presenter, James May, this Suzuki AP50 was the subject of a good amateur restoration circa 2013. 'PCA 842P' is described as in generally very good condition, only requiring mild re-commissioning in the form of rear wheel truing, and engine tune and a fresh battery. The machine is offered with purchase receipt, Pitman manual, V5C registration document and recently expired MoT.

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  • The Frame Number is A50P14733. The Engine Number is A50-228795.
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