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Fuji Rabbit Scooter- 1968
Fuji Heavy Industries created Japan’s first scooter, the Rabbit S-1, in 1946. The S-1 was heavily based on U.S. servicemen’s Powell scooters and was on the market a full six months before the introduction of the Vespa. Japan, like Europe, was ravaged by WWII and needed cheap economical transportation. In 1957, the Rabbit Superflow was introduced with a 150cc engine and a torque converter automatic transmission. Although the Rabbit Superflow was a very nice scooter, Fuji Industries realized they also needed to offer a more basic and affordable scooter for the masses–the Rabbit 90 (also called the S-202) which you see here. All Fuji scooters were called Rabbits. Rumor has it that the factory tooling was purchased by the government and sunk in Tokyo Bay as the foundation of a new man-made island.
Manufacturer: Fuji Heavy Industries
Country of Origin: Japan
Engine: 90cc, single cylinder, 2 stroke
Transmission: 3-speed manual
Top Speed: 60 miles per hour
Years of Production: 1962-67
Number Produced: 26,924
Original Cost: $495