Page 14. 1953 Peugeot 55TN Triporteur

I have a small collection of vintage Peugeots. As is often the case with collecting, I didn’t consciously set out to find them, but they just happened to make themselves available at opportune times when I was able to bring them back from France.

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The oldest is a 1939 P53 motorcycle. It has an unusual feature worthy of comment: in order to encourage people to buy motorcycles in the thirties, the French government allowed pedal-assisted motorcycles under 50cc to be exempt from registration and the need for driving licenses. Peugeot made this 100cc model with fixed foot-pegs that look like pedals so that people could break the law and ride it without a license or reg!

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The 1955 S57 Scooter is the epitome of French fifties styling, famously designed to look like a 2-wheeled Peugeot 203 car. It has a ‘dashboard’ with pull-buttons just like a car and a boot compartment over the front wheel, which is opened by a button above the footbrake.
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My 1954 Peugeot Bima Standard moped is still in France.

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My 1910s Peugeot bicycle has a ‘la Cyclette’ engine fitted.

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Which brings me to the pride of my Peugeots, the 1953 TN55 125cc Triporteur.

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My purchases over the past few years have essentially aimed to replace a few of the favourite vehicles I owned in the 1980s, and subsequently sold when I disposed of my entire collection in 1993. One was a Motorized Pashley Box-Trike.

Having searched in vain for a Pashley, I settled on a 55TN. I found this one in Provence, and collected it when we visited our friends near Orleans.

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It’s a charming vehicle, if a little clumsy to drive with its box at the front. By 1955, most motorcycle and scooter triporteurs had switched to rear box configurations to improve handling. I suppose that makes this earlier style even more quaint.

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The 55TN is distinguishable by its rounded front mudguards; the 57TN model that followed had square guards, which to my mind seem more ugly. I’ve not yet attacked my 55TN with any enthusiasm (the Blotto takes priority). So it may be next year before it’s on the road.

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The 57TN may have ugly mudguards …but doesn’t it have a fabulous roof? You can see how this fabric roof design of the mid-fifties developed into the closed cab 3-wheelers of the late 1950s.

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Published on June 19, 2007 at 4:28 pm  Leave a Comment  

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