Effortless enjoyment, this is the Čezeta philosophy. It comes from the person who created the first scooter to bear the Čezeta name: Jaroslav František Koch. He was an adventurer, a motorcycle racer, and a supreme engineer, and he put these experiences into the concepts that defined the first Čezeta, called the Type 501.
Instantly recognisable, its aerodynamic streamlining captured the spirit of the 'space age' and conjured up dreams of riding a rocket to the stars. For Czechoslovaks, the distinctive rounded front inspired the affectionate nickname of 'The Pig'.
Everyone was charmed by its looks and his Čezeta was a hit all over the Soviet world during the time of the cold war. Being deemed too technologically advanced to export to the western world they remained rare in other countries outside the Soviet bloc - apart from New Zealand which was a favourite destination of the communist elite families and was granted an exception to build the so-called 'NZeta'.
Fast forward to today and Čezeta continues now as a start-up motorcycle manufacturer with its factory in the former Wikov factory in Prostějov. British tech entrepreneur Neil Eamonn Smith is the current CEO and his new Čezeta model - the Type 506 - was launched in 2017 as the Czech Republic's first electric vehicle. The Czech's beloved pig; smarter, cleaner and leaner than ever.
"What the world needs is to build fewer more sustainable products. Make them easily adaptable and repariable. Make them electric. Make them locally. And make them of the highest quality available.
Čezeta's success is to manufacture in this way. The result is something that is so beautiful and joyful. Something that you will love for a lifetime of memorable journeys.
It's the best way to ensure that Čezeta - and the environment - are still thriving in 100 years. If you want to know how that feels, then I hope that's something you will experience watching the film below. "
Čezeta's workshops are located in the historic Wikov factory in Prostějov, Czech Republic. In the 1930s this was home to Czechoslovakia's first luxury car manufacturer and the original workshops include specially-built facilities for welding, painting, assembly and testing. In the same complex we support a local mechanical engineering school where we train the next generation of Čezeta craftsmen.
We are close to the centre of Prostějov, a few minutes off the D46 motorway (Exit 24) north of Brno. Parking is available directly in the factory yard.