The Fuji Rabbit

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he Fuji Rabbit was a motor scooter produced in Japan by Fuji Heavy Industries from 1946 through 1968.


roduction of the initial model, the S-1 began in 1946, some six months before the Vespa went into production and was largely inspired by scooters used by American servicemen during and after World War II. Eventually the Fuji Rabbit scooters evolved into some of the most technologically sophisticated scooters of their era, featuring electric starters, automatic transmissions and pneumatic suspension systems. The Fuji Rabbit scooters were the first Japanese made scooters capable of reaching speeds in excess of 60 miles per hour (97 km/h). The Rabbit’s primary competitor was the Mitsubishi Silver Pigeon, which also started production around the same time as the Rabbit, and later in 1954 the Honda Juno.

s the Japanese economy expanded, the demand for scooters decreased in favour of more comfortable four wheel transport, and…

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