What an amazing specification for a 63 year-old scooter: electric start, manual clutch and gearbox with controls where you would expect to find them on a motorcycle, enclosed chain drive, swing-arm suspension like a proper motorcycle and typical German build quality. Google Durkopp Diana and be prepared to be impressed by how well this machine was respected in it’s time.
First registered in March 1957 in Reading this machine has only had two owners from new, and the last for 60 years! Many happy years of touring ended in 1970; the date of the last tax disc; when it was wheeled into the garage for the last time, until I wheeled it out recently. As you can see it requires complete restoration, the engine turns freely but with little compression and a cursory inspection tells you that it’s not just a question of putting some fresh fuel and a battery in to get back on the road. Bodywork is remarkably solid; the garage was dry and condensation free; everything is there as far as we can see and it is in standard condition except for the added ammeter and console at the front. Gears select perfectly using the foot pedal, clutch works and so does the suspension, the original pump is still in place all wrapped up under the side panel. The panels remove easily and affix safely after all these years; no rot whatsoever and still in good shape. The seats are well preserved having been covered for their life with Hiway covers (removed and bagged), the original key and a spare new one have survived and there is a Workshop Manual and Parts Book with it too. The original RF60 Log Book is present and correct so it will be easy to retain the original registration on a new V5C Registration Document. Lots of restoration fun for someone!