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Kieft

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Kieft were mopeds and scooters produced by the German Hercules firm and assembled by Kieft Cars in Wolverhampton, from 1955 to 1957.

1955-1956 These machines were typical of the decade. The moped had a Sachs two-stroke, two-speed engine unit hung from a pressed-steel, spine frame. There was no rear suspension, but it had rubber in torsion to the front wheel. The scooter had a 191cc Sachs engine, four speeds, electric start and typical bodywork.

1957 The range was extended and two scooters were added. These had 147cc or 197cc Villiers engines. The original moped was joined by one with rear suspension. There was also a Hercules motorcycle with a 200cc Ilo engine. During the year, the Sport model moped was added, but this was more of a motorcycle as it had three speeds. In the September of that year, distribution shifted to BP Scooters of Wolverhampton and the machines were then sold under the Prior name.


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Sources of Information

  • The British Motorcycle Directory - Over 1,100 Marques from 1888 - by Roy Bacon and Ken Hallworth. Pub: The Crowood Press 2004 ISBN 1 86126 674 X