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Eastern Europe's Vespa

Čezeta (pronounced Chuh-zeh-tuh) was conceived in 1950's Czechoslovakia as the communist's interpretation of the scooter phenomenon.

Launched in 1957, it picked up its most obvious features from the fashionable space age look of the time. It's designer was Jaroslav František Koch - a renowned racer and engineer and something of a genius in Czech motorcycles. He called his first Čezeta scooter the 'Type 501' and it was halied as an instant classic at a time when Prague was seen as a booming centre of post war design.

It's strangely charming looks made it a massive hit, and over 120,000 were sold to fans from Cuba to Vietnam as the series developed into further models. All captured the chic style and excitement of Sputnik, Gagarin and the modernist wonders of the 1950s. Home in Prague, it got the nickname The Pig... not an insult, we love pigs!

The latest scooter in the Čezeta series is the 'Type 506', which was developed by current CEO Neil Eamonn Smith and launched in 2018 . It honours the quirkiness of the original design whilst developing the bike's technology into electric power according to the requirements for sustainability. Only 50 examples are being handmade yearly, making it perhaps the world's rarest production motorcycle.

Čezeta plans to continue crafting extraordinary scooters for your enjoyment with a new-looking 'Type 507'planned for 2022 which will have local licence production for Čezeta's fans in Asia and the USA (check the 'invest' page of this website for more inoformation about our new share issue to fund these projects).

The Outrageous Pig

Neil Eamonn Smith

"Moving from Britain to the Czech Republic introduced me to many of their famous miracles like cold beer and warm ladies, and some perfectly unexpected ones like the Čezeta scooter. I still remember seeing it for the first time in Prague, from which I guess I had the same feeling as most folk, what the f*ck is that? The only way I could describe it was like an itinerant Mona Lisa roving the city, looking both ugly and beautiful at the same time. If you believe it is possible to be seduced by a scooter then this was The One. I had to have it.

In spite of my craving, I had no luck finding a good vintage Čezeta. Eventually I was left with only one choice... I bought the company to make Čezeta again. If you wonder why I'd go to such an excess, I think the answer is it's because I'm a bit eccentric. In a world full of ordinary scooters, I want something to shine out as a provocative work of art. For thousands of Čezeta owners around the world, it says exactly this - either love me or hate me, just don't ignore me."

Model History

The four manufactured models of Čezeta.

1957

501

The first model, an icon of the 'Brussels style' of the time.

1960

502

The second generation brought many new innovations, including a starter motor.

1962

505

The enduring Čezeta 'rickshaw' was a long-lasting curiosity for farm workers.

PROJECT

INNOVATION – ČEZETA MOTORS
S.R.O.(CZ.01.1.02/0.0/0.0/17_109/0011087) is co-financed by the European Union.

The award to čezeta motors s.r.o. is for introducing product and manufacturing innovation in the town of Prostějov in the Olomouc region.