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Progress Scooters

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured 1953-1960

Initially called the Strolch (meaning happy vagabond), the name was changed to Progress in 1954.

Designed by Gottlieb Gassman, the Progress had a Fichtel & Sachs 200cc engine located centrally in the chassis, it had had 16 inch wheels, rear swinging arm suspension with integrated shock absorbers and the headlight was attached to the front forks. The body was constructed of pressed steel.

Access to the drive train was easily accomplished by loosening two levers.

The company had some 500 employees, and sales continued for 7 years. With the scooter market declining, in 1960 it was decided to cease production and return to manufacturing metal parts for industry.

See also: Progress DE

Sources: JF



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