The A-Z of Popular Scooters & Microcars: Cruising in style!

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This is mainly a photographic reference Book to Classic Scooters and Microcars with specification data presented in A to Z order of manufacturer. There are also nostalgic recollections by the author based on ownership and personal experience. In the middle 1950s as a teenager Michael Dan became interested in these then newly-arrived forms of transport. Eventually Michael owned a series of scooters and a microcar. He became involved in Scooter and Microcar Clubs and took part in many local and National Sporting Events gaining a collection of awards and trophies. In the mid 1980s he had time again to visit many indoor and outdoor Classic Vehicle Shows. Eventually this led to a renewed personal involvement in the restoration of a series of over twenty classic scooters and three classic microcars. The highly entertaining book and reference source is therefore written with the authority of a lifetime enthusiast.

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In 1957 Mike left his home in Plymouth to start an apprenticeship in the Aircraft Industry at Bristol.  His transport was a series of scooters.  Eventually he acquired a 250cc Dayton Albatross which was more suitable for long distance  traveling and had a larger engine than most scooters of the time.  He would have liked an even larger capacity scooter but none was yet available. Conventional motorcycles did not appeal. In the1990s when he retired from work he became the owner of  400cc Suzuki Burgman Scooter and his wish as a lifetime enthusiast was fulfilled.

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Kabinews, January 2008
Review by Sarah Snowden
Club magazine of The Messerschmitt Owners Club

This is a new book by Michael Dan (MOC member) and the whole idea of this book is to recreate the scene and atmosphere of Britain in the 1950s when scooters and microcars first had a significant effect on the streets. It also sets out to provide data and detail necessary to serve as a reference source, together with some happy recollections of that era. The book gives a lot of information about 'what is a scooter?' and 'what is a microcar?'. Also details of the market place where you can or could buy these vehicles from and scooter and microcar clubs and activities. It has scooter and microcar photo galleries and the photo of each vehicle has a small caption detailing make, where and when it was built, what kind of gearbox it has, number of seats, engine size, weight and maximum speed of the vehicle. It also has some other information such as production colors and if it can be driven by 16 year olds. It also gives information on its background – who it was made for and what people, who bought the vehicle, used it for.

In this book there is a time line for scooters going from 1952 up until 1969. it shows everything that was built through those years and when production of the vehicles ceased. It is an interesting book with lots of weird and wonderful vehicles and is well worth a look.



Road & Track, Nov. 1, 2007

“What brings it all together is the comprehensive alphabetical listing of scooters and microcars ... From Vespa and Lambretta to Fiat and Isetta, you’ll find it all in this engaging reference guide.”

 

 



The Automobile, September 2007, UK magazine

As the author writes in his introduction, "My book is at attempt to recreate the scene and atmosphere of 1950s Britain when scooters and microcars first had a significant impact on our streets and, for the first time, my generation was able to afford convenient personal transport which also had a bright new style and image. I hope, also, that it provides the data and detail necessary to serve as a reference source". His attempt has succeeded.

Written in a chatty personal style, it does indeed detail an incredible number of scooters, and almost as many microcars of the 1950s to 70s, including smaller-engined cars as well as those capable of being driven on a motorcycle license.

The book is colorfully illustrated throughout, with many period advertisements, and closes with a list of the clubs applicable to the machinery.

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