“Cezeta” – an Iron Curtain-era Czech scooter gets electric rebirth image

This scooter was uniquely styled and earned the “Pig” nickname as it was produced in then Czechoslovakia during the height of the Cold War. Now it’s back with the same odd aesthetic but modern internals.

The Cezeta existed initially between 1957 and 1964 – a rather short period, but the quirky styling entitles it to remembrance. It now has a small but powerful cult following mainly due to the distinct appearance – which is due to the gas tank placement over the front tire. As such, due to the quirky look it was called a “pig” – while others were a little more forgiving and called it a land-based torpedo. The original vehicle was powered by 175cc two-stroke single, though the newly minted XXI century installment will go for a more modern appearance.

The Cezeta 506 will be motivated by a three-phase brushless electric motor. The man responsible for the revival is Briton Neil Eamonn Smith, who met with the model during a wedding in the Czech Republic. “I was instantly in love,” said Smith. “It was a fantastic thing and I bought one.” Following countless restorations, Smith decided to replace the old engine with electric motors – an idea that ultimately led to the brand’s resurrection. The new Cezeta 506 comes with a range of approximately 150 kilometers (93 miles) and can reach up to 110 km/h (68.3 mph). His company is able to produce around 1,000 units per year, so more fans could become attracted to the odd shape.