What is the Puch VZ50 and who made it?
The Puch VZ50 is a 50cc sports moped made by the Austrian motorcycle and moped manufacturer Puch between 1965 and 1975. Unlike many other mopeds at the time, the VZ50 looked more like a small motorcycle – making it appealing to many teenagers in the 1970s. The engine was also fan-cooled – also quite unusual for mopeds at the time.
“Puch Dakota” – The VZ50 in Sweden
When Sweden started importing the VZ50 in 1966, it got the name “Puch Dakota” – a name thought up by Lundbolagen AB – the Swedish importers of Puch mopeds. It’s unclear whether it’s South or North Dakota, though. The first models were available with a British Racing Green paint job, although between 1967-1970, they were also available in red and blue between 1970-1982. Out of all the Puch models, the Dakota/VZ50 has reached something of a cult status in Sweden. It’s so iconic that there’s a novelty comedy song named after it:
- The blue color scheme available on the 1970-182 models was known as “Dino Blue”
- When it ceased production in 1982, Sweden was the only country in the world where the VZ50 was still being sold
Different versions of the VZ50:
Made between 1973-1984, the VZ50 V3 (aka the “Texas”) is a budget version of the standard VZ50, where several features were removed to keep costs down, including:
- The speedometer
- The luggage rack (later, the 1974 models reintroduced the luggage rack)
The “Flagskib” is a unique model of the VZ50 made exclusively for the Danish market that had a rev counter and indicator lights fitted as standard. And in case you’re interested, the Danish word “Flagskib” literally translates to “Flagship.”