If you grew up in the 50s/60s of the last century, then this Heinkel is probably still a well-known scooter. The brands that were in charge at the time were the Italians with the Vespa and the Lambretta, while the Heinkel Tourist was also sold well in the Netherlands.
By: Dirk de Jong
At the end of the 60's things got a bit rough. Prosperity gave the opportunity to buy a small car, where the scooter ended up in the shed or was sold. (Or worse, to the scrapyard.) Fortunately, today there is a national association with enthusiastic members throughout the Netherlands who want to keep the Heinkel scooters on the road.
This Heinkel Tourist scooter is an heirloom, it has not been ridden for the last 8 years and the owner came to the conclusion that an enthusiast could enjoy it more. Now Jan Wolters came into the picture, who had been looking for a Heinkel Tourist scooter for a long time and wanted to add this scooter in new condition to his collection of motorized classic two-wheelers. The owner said that his uncle bought the scooter new in 1961 from G. Elbert in Hengelo and that he took over this scooter as an heirloom. Before that, the scooter had been standing still for more than 7 years because of the advanced age of his uncle.
The paintwork of the scooter is almost perfect. Except for a small scratch, it still looks just as shiny as just after the purchase in Hengelo. Everything functioning, the engine runs perfectly, original Dutch, just a nice leisure classic two-wheeler.
Jan: “I think the fact that the history is known is a big plus. It is also well maintained. In my opinion, the 60-year-old scooter is just new. For me it is the 'Rolls-Royce' among scooters and it will only be used on sunny days to drive on narrow roads and enjoy the wide views in Fryslân with my friend Sita. The fact that all the booklets are still with the Heinkel Tourist and that the year of construction is also my year of construction is also great fun for me.” Do you recognize the sweet taste of the past with this story?
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