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Manurhin Scooters

A Brief History of the Marque

Beginning in 1952, established arms and machine tools manufacturer Manufacture de Machines du Haut-Rhin produced the German DKW Hobby scooter by incorporating locally made components and rebranding it as the Manurhin MR75 in Europe and the Concord in the UK. According to Bonhams the MR 75 "was constructed to a high standard and must have been one of the first motorcycles to be painted electrostatically, a process commonly known as 'powder coating'". When DKW ceased production of the Hobby, Manurhin continued with their version. In 1957 they built almost 14,000 units and occupied third place in the European scooter sales chart behind Lambretta and Vespa.

Both the Hobby and the MR75 adopted the Uher automatic transmission in '57 or 58, a system which became the norm on a great many scooters in later years.

Production continued at the French factory until 1962. The factory still exists and is less than a kilometre from the National Auto Museum

Sources: Wikipedia,, Bonhams, et al

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Manurhin Hobby
We have a Manurhin Hobby Scooter Frame No: 002642 Engine No: 2754 can anyone tell us the year of manufacture please.
Terence Lane-Smith

Wed Apr 11 2012
French motorcycles
Manurhin Hobby Roller
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