1968 Simson Spatz SR4-1

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This 1968 Simson Spatz SR4-1 has been in the seller’s collection for 9 years and used sparingly. Produced in East Germany and sold new in West Germany, little is known of the early history but the current mileage is 571KM (354 miles) of which the seller has added less than 10 miles. Powered by a 50cc two-stroke single with a two speed transmission, the seller reports that the bike has been well maintained by his personal mechanic and is mechanically sound. This Spatz is sold with a clean Indiana title in the seller’s name. The Spatz or “Sparrow” was produced in the city of Suhl in East Germany and offered from 1964-70. Finished in a deep red and grey two tone, the finish is believed to be original and shows several chips and scratches as well as some age related corrosion. An optional tail rack is fitted, and a minor tear can be seen on the left side of the seat. The wheels also have some corrosion on the spokes and wear older tires. Due to licensing restrictions in West Germany, bikes distributed to the West were marketed as mopeds and sold without a horn or battery. The horn was replaced with a bicycle bell and a 15 watt headlight was fitted that could be run from engine power. The odometer indicates 571KM (354 miles) which is believed to be accurate. The 50cc two stroke single was limited to 40km hour (25MPH) for the West, and is coupled to a 2-speed transmission. The Spatz was fitted with either pedals or a kick starter and this example is fitted with the latter. The seller reports that the bike is fully functional and all necessary work has been performed by the seller’s personal mechanic. The fuel tank shows age related scratches, and the cap commemorates the Silver Vase awarded to the Simson team during the 1964 International Six Days Trial.

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