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Zephyr sidecar

Postby Snakeoil » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:14 pm

I've found a rig that is 4+ hours from where I live. Owner is an older gent in failing health and does not have a computer. So, I'm stuck in the 1960's as far as getting info on the rig.

He claims that the bike is a Zephyr and made in Czechoslovakia. I spent hours on the web last night and the only Zephyr sidecar I can find is one made in Richmond, VA by a boat company and looks like something out of the Jetsons. My gut tells me the car is a Velorex 560. But his description makes me doubt that.

He said it is shaped like a bullet (Steib, Watsonian, copy?). Has a rounded back (not a Steib but like a Velo). It is made from metal (Steib and not Velo). It has a trunk that opens from the back (not a Velo 560).

So, maybe there was an obsure Czech company that made such a sidecar and they were not imported to the US or in very small numbers.

Has anyone ever heard of a Zephyr side car made in CZ? I'm thinking the UK and European riders have a better chance of knowing about these so hence posting here rather than the US sites.


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Zephyr sidecar

Postby Ruralman » Tue Dec 09, 2014 5:35 pm

Hi Rob,
Keith :cool:


Re: Zephyr sidecar

Postby Snakeoil » Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:50 am

Thanks, but that is the one made in the USA.



Re: Zephyr sidecar

Postby stevedowling1 » Tue Dec 30, 2014 12:33 pm

Can he give you any idea of age? Is there a plate on the chasis? Are there any other significant features such as aluminium banding and the method used to attach the body to the chasis? Also what type of chasis? There were lots of Steib-like sidecars around eastern Europe in the 1950s. Could it be one of those? Did he say where he got it and when?

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