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The ultimate in motoring Kiwiana – a 1960 N-Zeta 501 Scooter.

175cc 2 stroke Jawa 502 engine with electric start and semiautomatic clutch.

This was a 3-year no-expense-spared concurs restoration, it was a basket case – see original picture. Finished and registered about a year ago. I am a restorer rather than a biker, so selling to make way for the next project. Done under 200 miles since completion – merit award at the Auckland Motorcycle Show.

Like the Trekka, The N-Zeta was built from imported Czechoslovakian Czeta parts, with at least 25% local content to beat the restrictive import laws of the time. For the full story visit

Every serviceable seal, bearing, bush and electrical part has been replaced front to back mostly with parts imported from the Czech Republic where parts are readily available. Only part not replaced was the main bearing which checked out fine. Engine rebuilt with new piston and new carb. New exhaust system. Electromechanical regulator/relay replaced with more reliable solid state replacement. Grunty 14 AH battery to run the electric starter. Battery cut-off switch fitted.

All metal media blasted, epoxy coated then repaired and painted by Artisan Panel Beaters. New seat built locally. All undercarriage powder coated in original bone colour. New brakes, tyres and tubes. All control cables replaced, and a new wiring harness fitted. New rubber suspension blocks made locally and new shock absorber. All rubber parts replaced with new. Tank sealed.

Everything works as it should.
Most chrome replaced with NOS parts. Has spare wheel carrier with tow hook for a PAV trailer for camping trips.

Has both side and centre stands. Russian toolkit. 1 1/2 spare engines + other parts.

Comes with original 501 and 502 manuals, plus a whole lot of photocopied and bound parts lists, reports etc.

Owes me $10k – reserve is less than that.

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  • Seller location: Auckland City, Auckland, NZ

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