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Excelsior Monarch scooter from 1958. This was a rebadged DKW design and the Germans always thought scooters were secretly touring bikes, not cheap urban transport. How odd. Nicking DKW designs was part of the payback that the British bike industry inflicted on the Germans after winning WWII. Incredibly, the Brits turned down the VW Beetle rights, choosing DKW instead.To spoil things further Excelsior fitted a 147cc engine which was a rehash of DKW's pre-war single, but not built as well. Oh…

Excelsior Monarch scooter from 1958. This was a rebadged DKW design and the Germans always thought scooters were secretly touring bikes, not cheap urban transport. How odd. Nicking DKW designs was part of the payback that the British bike industry inflicted on the Germans after winning WWII. Incredibly, the Brits turned down the VW Beetle rights, choosing DKW instead.To spoil things further Excelsior fitted a 147cc engine which was a rehash of DKW's pre-war single, but not built as well. Oh…

British scooters on display at ScooterMania: An exhibition featuring every British scooter ever made has opened at the Coventry Transport Museum. // Image 2 of 4 - Phoenix scooter, manufactured from 1956 until 1964.

British scooters on display at ScooterMania: An exhibition featuring every British scooter ever made has opened at the Coventry Transport Museum. // Image 2 of 4 - Phoenix scooter, manufactured from 1956 until 1964.

Centaur folding motor scooter by Bluejacket, via Flickr

Centaur folding motor scooter by Bluejacket, via Flickr

MV Augusta Lusso 125 scooter

MV Augusta Lusso 125 scooter

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