I’m a sucker for accessories. Especially panniers and windscreen on a baby scooter.
I also particularly like original paintwork and dealer transfers.
My 1961 Cheetah does not exactly speed along with quite the same velocity as its animal namesake. But it is undoubtedly a charming example of that era of the late 1950's/ early 1960's before the Japanese invasion – when scooters were all the rage and mopeds and small motorcycles grew bodywork and legshields to give them scooter-style looks.
In 1961/1962 the Austrian company Puch offered two models in the UK, the more upmarket 59cc Cheetah ‘Scooterette’ which sold for £99 17/- 6d, and the bog-standard 50cc MS 50 Nomad for £82 10/-
They are remarkably similar.
From the outset, Puch enjoyed an excellent reputation for its high standard of design, build and reliability – and equally popular were the risque adverts they brought out between the 1950s and 1970s.
This scooterette is an excellent machine …even if scooterists may wonder if they’re really riding a motorcycle and motorcyclists could worry that if they’re not careful they may start to wear ben shermans.
Mopedders needn’t worry about either though: this 60cc machine is much too upmarket for them
My 1962 Puch Nomad MS 50 VD moped is pictured below as comparison; you’ll see that they are indeed of very similar design. This Puch moped will be offered for sale in a separate ebay auction (Page 114 in this auction catalogue website), so you have the opportunity
of owning a matching pair!
The first Puch moped in the fifties was the ‘Steyr-Daimler-Puch MS 50,’ known as ‘baby-Puch’ because of its fragile and small body. Puch enthusiasts consider that it was the first proper production moped. However, it’s difficult to decide where the ‘cyclemotor’ ends and
the ‘moped’ begins; the French machines of the early 1950's in particular could be considered either. If you click on http://ridevintage.com you can observe many exa