Rob's Heinkel Tourist
Classic Scooterist|April/May 2017

After receiving another phone call from bike collector Rob Carter of Barton upon Humber, Rich realised it would be something special of superb quality and condition; so he decided to investigate.

Rich Addison

Rob loves everything about the two-wheeled riding scene, being part of the team that helps with the hugely successful Barton Bike Night that has established itself over the last 20 years in the North Lincolnshire Market town. He’s owned some rare vintage motorcycles and scooters, and in issue 112 I wrote about a great little scooter he owned – the Zundapp Bella. And on arriving at his property near the banks of the River Humber, he rolled another high class restoration out of his garage, which he’d travelled to Devon to collect only the previous week.

The Heinkel Tourist A-2 175cc four-stroke was the last version off the production line of these remarkable scooters, with over 55,000 being built in Germany from 1960-65. Where would we have been as scooter collectors across the world if after the Second World War there hadn’t been any restrictions preventing Italian and German firms from making arms or aircraft? It forced them to design some of the great vehicles we all love to restore and collect.

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