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1963 Rabbit Superflow Model S-601 Frame no. 61-S601-34003

Estimate: AU$10,000 - AU$20,000
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1963 Rabbit Superflow Model S-601
Frame no. 61-S601-34003

1963 Rabbit Superflow Model S-601
Frame no. 61-S601-34003

Japan's first scooter was built by Fuji Heavy Industries and remarkably emerged from the ruins of the Second World War in 1946. Based on four-stroke 135cc engine delivering 2 hp, the Rabbit had a padded cushion seat and luggage rack. Through the 1950s the Rabbit was progressively improved, with barrel-spring suspension at both ends arriving with the S-23 in 1950. The model range was expanded to three models by the mid-1950s, with the flagship S-61 boasting an electric starter and a 225cc engine, delivering 5.9 hp. This was in turn superseded by the Superflow S-101 in 1957, with a 250cc engine and torque converter automatic transmission. In addition to the electric start the S-101 had turn signals at the front and rear, full instrumentation (complete with a warning for excessive speed!), a parking brake and foot-operated headlamp dimmer. The Superflow had typically Japanese styling, with plenty of chrome and streamlined body panels in keeping with the Jet Age.

Part of an extensive private scooter collection for the past ten years, this 1963 Rabbit S-601 was restored for the current owner using New Old Stock parts sourced from around the world. A rare find in Australia, the scooter has been stored for the last couple of years and would be fantastic as a display piece or, with minor recommissioning, would be a great alternative to the more common Italian scooters as a classic commuter.

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