An advert from November 1955.
The Kieft 200R scooter was a Hercules 200 with a
200 c.c. Fichtel & Sachs engine, an electric starter, swinging arm front
and rear suspension, and a 2-tone colour scheme.
The cheaper K50 moped had a 49 c.c. Fitchel & Sachs
engine, a 2-speed gearbox, and a kick-starter.
In 1957 Kieft added two more scooters to the
product range, powered by a 147 c.c. or a 197 c.c. Villiers engine, and
also a Hercules 200 c.c. motorcycle, with a 3-speed gearbox. It is
thought that only a few of the later models were produced.
In September 1957, BP Scooters of Wolverhampton
took over the distribution and sales of the products, which were then
sold under the 'Prior' name.
After this venture, Cyril Kieft hadn’t quite
finished with motor scooters. Early in 1957 he had joined forces with
Barry Day, Managing director of Willenhall Motor Radiator, and Noah
Robinson, a director of Willenhall Motor Radiator, to form D.K.R.
scooters at premises on Pendeford Airport. But that’s another story.