Page 35. 1939 Peugeot P53 SOLD £995

1939 Peugeot P53 Motorcycle. 100cc with 3-speed hand-change gearbox

For ebay auction: PLEASE CLICK HERE

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After I bought my 1955 Peugeot S57 scooter, I took more interest in the Peugeot marque. I now seem to have one of each kind of Peugeot: as well as the scooter, a 1954 TN55 triporteur, a 1954 Bima moped, and this delightful pre-war motorcycle.

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I’ve seen photos of P53’s being used during the war in France; I can easily visualize them being used by the Resistance for buzzing around the countryside.

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But I’m surprised how rare and sought-after they’ve become in their native country.

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This one is in excellent condition, having been restored by a friend of mine in France. Two jobs are needed on it: the kick-start has snapped, so a new one is required; and the rear wheel rim needs rebuilding (a local company charges £70 for a wheel rebuild). I removed the lion badge from the front mudguard as it looks quite dangerous; but I’ll include it in the sale.

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I’ve used it quite a bit to buzz around the local countryside (on French plates) and it push-starts easily enough. It’s a very pleasant ride.

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Q. Yes …I know it looks like it has pedals. But they are only ‘pretend’ pedals.

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A. In order to encourage people to buy motorcycles in the thirties, the French government allowed pedal-assisted motorcycles under 50cc to be exempt from registration and the need for a driving license. (Although the current government may try to revoke this law, it still stands in France). Peugeot made this 100cc model with fixed foot-pegs that look like pedals so that people could break the law and ride it without a license or reg!

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The above poster is actually the cover of a brochure I have showing the extensive travels of a French chap on his Peugeot P53.

Published on February 14, 2008 at 4:06 pm  Leave a Comment  

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