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Monday, November 22, 2010

Heritage Scooters

Accidentally spotted 2 scooters of yester years, at Aloft Hotel in Chennai. Reddish scooters which are a few decades old… Sharing the photos (clicked on mobile camera) here as we don’t get to see them everyday. Kindly excuse if this is not of your interest
HSU-Prima-scooterHSU Prima scooter-front
scooter-handle  prima-rear
Asked a hotel staff for more details, she advised me to go to another place near reception where another model is kept on display, along with technical specs. Made between 1951 and 1953, these scooters have 125 cc and 150cc engine producing 5 horse power. Had 3 gears. Click on the images below for details specs.
white-heritage-scooterIMG00232-20101122-1315   The D MK2 Scooter Specifications IMG00226-20101122-1314
Asked hotel staff if they have details about their owners or from where they got these scooters.. They had no clue…

Unfortunately scooters are disappearing from market... Bajaj has stopped making scooters and other players like LML have long vanished from market... A few Bajaj retro ads for quick reference


22 comments :

Mridula said...

My father used to have one, Vespa, that I also learned to ride!

Mohan said...

Wish there was mileage related info too ;) can't help being an indian on that front!

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Mridula,
Any pics?

Mohan:
Petrol was very cheap those days... it was a great thing to have a scooter, only super rich could afford it...

magiceye said...

interesting info!

Manjunath said...

The redscooter has a innovative headlight and speedometer placement...looks like as if it is a dashboard, nice pics...

Still i see very old vespa scooters in streets sometimes these makes me really nostalgic and remembers me of 80's

S.R.Ayyangar said...

We knew names of only two two-wheelers name- Lambretta or Vespa!

sm said...

beautiful pics

Anu said...

My dad had one of these...ages ago, when i was a kid... only it was blue, not red.... u brought back some wonderful memories of him!thanks..

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Deepak, Manjunath, SRA, SM, Anu

Thanks for your comments

Rajesh said...

Great stuff.

Vatsala said...

You will still find people on scooters in Delhi and NCR region. Madras has grown out of its scooters long time ago :)

Nalini Hebbar said...

generated lots of great memories!

Lakshmi Rajan said...

They look quiet retro trendy and cute! Loved the handle bars and lights of both the bikes :)

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks Rajesh, Vatsala and LR...

Nalini:
Why not share those memories??

debarpita mohapatra said...

Glad to see this Shri... Thanks for sharing.

You must remember my cousin's restored Bajaj.
http://www.archi-star.net/2010/08/hamara-bajaj-restored.html

Savaari said...

My father too had Bajaj scooter when I was kid and I remember how crazy we were at that time to take a ride on it. Those were really great days.

Anonymous said...

Hi there, the red scooter is an NSU Prima (Not HSU) and the white one is an early Lambretta 150, known as 150 d, around mid 50s.

Raghavan said...

This post brings back nostalgic memories.My father used to own a Vijay Scooter which we sold in 2000.

scooters in india said...

India has a long and classic history of scooters where Bajaj has lived golden part of its whole journey in India.Still people has maintained their scooters.

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Anonymous said...

Really This Article is very useful for The Automobiles Lovers. In this world Everyone Like Automobiles and Stunts on Bikes, Car, Etc.

Shrinidhi Hande said...

Thanks all for your comments