|You could take this for a french Terrot, but it's a Magnat-Debon!|
So many scooters, so little time, so little money...
I'm basically a Vespa and Lambretta fanatic. And Svalan Scooter of course. I would even consider buying an Apollo Biet as well. Then I draw the line, me think's.
But I also have a soft spot for this little french bugger. Strongly resembling a fat pig or something running away from a children's merry-go-round.
Thought they only came as Terrot's but on the french Scootentole forum I learnt that they also were sold as Magnat-Debon's. Or even an Automoto. Thanx to Big X for the first photo.
The debuted in 1952 as the Terrot VMS1 and the Magnat-Debon S1. 98 cc, 2,6 hp and 3,25 x 8 inch tyres. Upgraded in 1953 to 125 cc and 3,5 hp. At first suited for only the driver. The third version from 1954 were somewhat enlarged allowing a pillion. In 1955 the last upgrade was done, this is the cunningly named Scooterrot! The Magnat-Debon was called just S3. With a preselector gearbox with a gripshift on the left handlebar displaying which gear that was selected, according to the book "A-Z of Classic Scooters" (Haynes, 2007). It also gained one whole horsepower more, now 4,5!
Drivable? Maybe. Cute? Definitely!
|This Terrot sits at Vittorio Tessera's museum outside Milan.|
|This is a Magnat-Debon, too. I think...|
|What are they admiring? Being french et al...|
|Baby blue, and for two!|