1955 Peugeot S57 Scooter

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In 1955, this model was the epitome of chic French fifties styling. It just needs a poodle on the pillion…

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The S57 was famously designed to look like a 2-wheeled Peugeot 203 car. It has a ‘dashboard’ with pull-buttons just like a car …though it can be a little confusing, as pulling the button marked ‘S’ turns on the choke. The starter is the button marked ‘E.’

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It also has a boot compartment over the front wheel, which is opened by a button above the footbrake.

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Although I recently decided not to register any more of my imported vehicles – I don’t ride many of them on the road, and most are used for displays – the Peugeot is road-registered and sports the registration OUI 7575. It runs and handles superbly.

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German scooters were better known for build quality and reliability, and French models respected for their sleek styling. But with their long history of motorcycle manufacture, Peugeot had a head-start when they introduced their new model of scooter. They took their time to road-test it before it went on sale.

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The S57 was well-made and enjoyed a good reputation for handling and reliability. It was well-promoted by the company in road-rallies, both in Europe and in the various French colonies of the day.

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Published in: on August 27, 2007 at 2:19 pm  Leave a Comment