Raleigh 'Wisp' Moped

Made:
1967 in Nottingham
maker:
Raleigh Industries Limited

Raleigh 'Wisp' moped, 1967. Mopeds and scooters were a cultural phenomenon in 1960s Britain. At their peak in 1964, imports stood at 100,000 a year and UK production at 36,000, yet by 1966 imports had sunk to 15,000 a year and UK production also continued to decline. However the aspects of modern life which initially caused the scooter's popularity, urban congestion, parking restrictions and costs, continued to rise. This led manufacturers like Raleigh to believe there was still a market. With the Wisp, Raleigh attempted to go back to the motorized bicycle, trying to appeal to a market that asked for ‘a design gayer, more cosmopolitan and less utilitarian appeal’.

Details

Category:
Road Transport
Object Number:
1967-167
type:
motor cycles and motor cycles and
credit:
Raleigh Industries Ltd

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