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A Brief History of the Marque

Founded in 1849, Stokvis & Zonen of Rotterdam had been involved in the cycle trade since 1913 or earlier.

Moped production commence in the mid-1950s and continued to the end of the 1960s. Initially they were produced with Rex engines, and when Rex closed they fitted Berini Pluvier engines until that firm ceased trading. They then fitted Puch JLO powerplants.

"...[Stokvis] companies manufactured Solex mopeds under license from 1948 to July 1967 . The engine was built at Van der Heem on Maanweg in The Hague. The frame construction and final assembly took place at ENAF (Eerste Nederlandse Autorijwiel Fabriek), a subsidiary of Van der Heem, also in The Hague... In addition, Stokvis manufactured or imported various other moped brands, such as Amstel, RAP, Zündapp, Mobylette, Kreidler and Puch, and also the bicycle brand Kroon." ~ Wikipedia NL

Stokvis imported a good many motorcycle brands over the years - Velocette, Royal Enfield, Francis Barnett, Minerva, Ariel, BMW, Indian, OK & OK Supreme, Calthorpe, Pope, Rover, Framo and Innocenti - along with a variety of automobiles.

The crown in the Rap logo is very similar to that of the Rex.

1957 Rap Super
1959-1970 Rap Imperial 49cc moped
1959 Rap Matadore
1959~1965 Rap Crown. Late model Crown and Imperial 2V were almost identical, apart from having different model Puch engines. The Crown was slightly dearer.
1962 Rap Rocky
1959 Rap Ster, moped, Rex engine
1960 Rap Speedo
1968 Rap Fairlady


Stokvis & Zonen had a dealer network which sold both bicycles and mopeds, and in the early 60s the most popular mopeds were from Puch. Their dealers begged them to be supplied with Puch machines, and in response S&Z created the Amstel marque powered by Puch. These were all but identical to the RAP machines other than the Puch engine and the Amstel badge, and were produced from 1961 to 1967 (or thereabouts).

Sources: Janbonder1960, Wikipedia NL, Conam Netherlands, mo-ped.se, motorencyclopedie.nl.

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Could you please explain in detail about the history of the Imperial RAP motocycle?

  • History of the marque has been substantially updated. More information in the Rap gallery. Ed.

Wed Nov 28 2012
RAP Super ster, rocky, crown
This brand is not mentioned in your dutch list.

This piece under is with copy/paste put in

motor.oudebrommers.nl Toon onderwerp - Stokvis / Rap
www.oudebrommers.nl ? ... ? Diversen / overige
2 berichten - 2 auteurs - 17 dec 2011
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Stokvis Rap imperial crown? - 7 berichten - 3 mei 2009

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This is what I know of it. currentley I have a RAP Super Ster 2V (2 speed) under construction

Good night and succes with youre site it is very interesting to see how many Brands' of mopeds were made in every country.

Greetings and goodnight



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