1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658

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Lot 110
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar
Frame no. T573-22658

Sold for US$ 4,600 inc. premium
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar

Frame no. T573-22658

• Wonderfully presented
• One of 77 Pannonia's known to exist

Rarely seen in the West, the Hungarian-built Pannonia nonetheless sold in impressive numbers, with well over a million units emerging from the Budapest factory between 1954 and 1975. Founded in 1932, over the years the manufacturer changed names from Csepel (an island in the Danube just south of Budapest) to Pannonia (the name of the region) in a thoughtful attempt to support the factory's new export strategy. Whatever the brand name, the vast majority of these motorcycles was shipped behind the Iron Curtain – the Soviet Union is believed to have taken at least 30 percent of production, with Poland coming next in consumption. Motorcycle production ended in 1975 by order of the government so that the factory could concentrate on agricultural machinery instead.

Compared to other Soviet Bloc bikes, Pannonias were known for their riding comfort and reliability. Telescopic forks and a well-damped swingarm setup at the rear came early on, as did magneto ignition, apparently essential to starting the bike in Siberian winters. The T5 is a 250cc air-cooled, twin-port, two-stroke single with about 18bhp on tap, which demanded a featherweight sidecar weighing no more than 140lb. The answer was the Duna sidecar, with steel frame and aluminum body, conveniently manufactured nearby at a shipyard on the Danube. Complete with stylish rocket nose, the Duna may be the coolest ride this side of an amusement park!

Apparently the Pannonia was one tough motorcycle, although it's disappointing to learn how few may be left today. In October of 2007 only 77 Pannonia motorcycles were recorded in the Estonian Motor Vehicle Registration logs, for instance. This extremely rare Pannonia and Duna outfit is reported to be in excellent running condition and would likely make a wonderful summer ride for two, with plenty of room in the trunk for picnic essentials.

Footnotes

  • Please note this bike is titled with frame no. T5022658

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is T5/022658. The engine number is 73022658.
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1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
1973 Pannonia 250cc T5 with Duna sidecar Frame no. T573-22658
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