My Tourist 103 A2 with Steib Sidecar
I purchased my 1960 103 A2 from Bruce Weiner in 2003. The deal was wrapped up during Amerivespa 2003. Amerivespa was held in combination with Microcar and Minicar Club National rally.
If you missed that event, please watch: Amerivespa 2003 video.
Mr. Weiner bought the scooter from Manfred Knauper in the summer of 1998. Herr Knauper owned a microcar and scooter museum in Bad Iburg, Germany.
According to my friend, Peter Svilans: "the scooter belonged to his son Frank Knauper and was restored by him "a number of years ago" (this was in 1998) and was used by him for several years. It was a happy and reliable combination. It was Frank's first restoration." At the time, Peter was Mr. Weiner's museum curator.
The scooter was featured in several German books: "Motorroller & Kleinwagen" by Lintelmann (Podszun press), and two recent books "Motorroller" and "Kleinwagen" again by Lintelmann (Kosmos press). I posted a few of the pictures.
Overall, the scooter is in great condition. The only real damage is the nose is slightly misshapen. It looks to me like someone tried to lift the scooter by the nose and it has buckled slightly.
The sidecar is a 1955 Steib LS200 with the Heinkel hub conversion. This is a fantastic combination because one spare tire will work on all wheels. The sidecar and scooter needed new upholstery, so I created black seats with red piping.
The paint on the scooter and sidecar don't match, but they are very close. It appears that the scooter was originally Sahara Yellow.
My goal was to make this a daily rider for my daughter and me. Thus, I needed to replace the typical wear items: (tires, cables, gaskets, etc.) I decided to rechrome the rear rack and rear crash bars but chose to buy new front crash bars. The originals had plastic inserts that did not look very good.
Riding with a sidecar requires a different frame of mind. Left turns are a blast - the scooter wants to slide. Right turns are another matter. If you go too fast, the sidecar will lift. You must get used to this behavior. Of course the scooter is much slower with this configuration. The added weight and friction of the third tire restrict the top speed to about 40mph.
I removed the sidecar for approximately one year - just to fine tune the engine. I haven't found a quick way to make this conversion. Essentially the nose, legshield and floorboard must be removed. Since I have other Heinkels, it really isn't worth the trouble.
For the most part, this scooter is complete. I doubt I will ever repaint the rig so that everything is a single color. I haven't been able to find the ideal wicker basket or antique travel luggage. The sidecar rack really demands the perfect piece.
I will continue my search.