A Brief History of the Marque
Binz GmbH & Co. of Lorch, Germany, (established 1936) designed a city-scooter in 1954, with production limited to some 1800 units between 1954 and 1958.
Binz was a well known designer and producer of truck bodies, particularly for the drivers cabins of long-distance haulers.
In the 1950s they were well established in European markets, and when the motor scooter boom occurred they entered the fray with a small, maneuverable machine using 50cc JLO and Fichtel & Sachs single cylinder two-stroke engines coupled to a simple two-speed transmission. These power plants were well known for their reliability, and allowed the little machine to achieve a top speed of 30 mph. There was also a 150cc version.
The entire drive train including the chain drive to the rear wheel could be easily accessed by tilting the rear end of the scooter upward without having to unbolt anything (which could be interpreted as limited access). The design afforded the rider maximum protection from the elements.
Their 47cc scooterettes were imported to the UK from September 1956 until the end of 1957.
Between 1954 and 1958, BINZ added a motor scooter to its product range for basic mobilisation. It was advertised with the slogan: "Kunz and Hinz drive BINZ." The motor scooter, which was modelled by two Augsburg designers, was equipped with a shapely body and tailored to the frame. It was available with 50 ccm two-stroke engines from Fichtel & Sachs or ILO. In addition to the licence-free model, a version featuring a 150 ccm engine from Sachs was available starting in 1956.
Binz also built ambulances and other emergency vehicles, along with hearses, limousines and handicapped vehicles. They became one of the best known companies of its type in Europe. .
1. Another source says perhaps 3000 were produced.
Sources: promotex.ca, blog.le-parnass.com, mo-ped.se, et al.
Thu Mar 13 2014
revolutionbiketech at googlemail.com
we currently have a bins 50cc in for an engine rebuild. It has a fichtel & sachs 50cc engine in it, and we are trying to locate a specific engine seal that sits on the engine casing.
The seals in question are, in the owners manual, written as  and , however we cannot seem to reference these anywhere and, due to their age, we cannot remove them and measure them because they have perished.
ANY information whatsoever would be really helpful.
Chris, Revolution Bike Tech
Sutton, London, UK
Can you can post the engine number of the machine and perhaps some images?
This page has considerable information on Sachs engines, but we'll need to identify the engine type.
Wed Aug 18 2010
What do you think my Binz Scooter is worth? It is pretty complete, only missing the right hand brake lever. I haven't tried to make it run but the engine turns over.
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