1980 Peugeot 103: East Coaster of the Day
Hey! It’s our first two-wheeled East Coaster and what a gem it is.
Well, a friend from the VW world called Dale early in the summer to see if he might know anyone interested in the 40-year-old moped. It belonged to his wife and they had had it ‘forever’. It was purchased from a friend when they were stationed in Germany in the early 1980s.
Now, she wasn’t feeling comfortable driving it any longer.
It had always been kept indoors so imagine its condition!
The Peugeot 103 moped broke global sales records when it debuted in 1974. The company, founded in 1810, knew what it was doing.
Peugeot, today known as Groupe PSA, holds the title of oldest manufacturer of motorized two-wheelers in the world that is still active. Between 1901 and 1939, Peugeot produced 61 models of mopeds ranging from 100 cc to 745 cc.
When Dale saw the 1980 Peugeot 103, he was sure it had been painted, it looked that good. But, no. This red two-wheeled beauty is all original, except for the tires. Because they were cracking when Dale purchased it, he had to install new tires. Michelins, of course. It came with the owner’s manual and the original tool kit.
Dale’s ‘très jolie’ European is powered by a 50 cc one-cylinder two-stroke air-cooled engine that makes 1.5 horsepower. Vrooom.