1957 Heinkel Tourist 175 ; Heinkel Flugzeugwerke; 1957; CMM160
1957 Heinkel Tourist 175About this object
Following the Second World War, German industry was not permitted to manufacture aircraft so Heinkel turned its attention to producing bicycles, scooters, mopeds and even a microcar. From 1953 until 1965 Heinkel produced over 100,000 scooters alone and, combined with the other two wheeled production, it became a major manufacturer in Europe for more than a decade but eventually turned its attention and skills once more to producing aircraft, building F-140 Starfighters under license.
The Tourist 175cc Scooter was manufactured from 1953 to 1965 and this 103 AO model was manufactured from August 1955 to September 1957. The engine is a single-cylinder, four-stroke that produces 8.2hp at 5,500rpm and drives through a four-speed, constant-mesh gearbox and chain final drive running in an oil bath within the rear suspension arm. The electrics are 12-volt Bosch and it features an electric starter. It was more expensive than its Vespa or Lambretta competitors, or even Heinkel’s smaller two-stroke models due to the more costly four-stroke engine, four-speed transmission and enclosed rear chain but it was well regarded because of its build quality, comfort, performance and stability.
This 1957 example was purchased for the Nelson NZ Classic Motorcycles collection from a collector in Nelson, New Zealand, in December, 2008. It was then acquired by Transport World for the Classic Motorcycle Mecca collection in May 2016.