Silver Pigeon

1946

Silver Pigeon

Immediately after World War II, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Co. Ltd. joined hands with its factories and branch offices to seek a path to reconstruction in the Nagoya area where it used to have its largest business premises. When the company heard that Kojiro Maruyama, who had been an engineer with General Motors, had brought a scooter back with him from America, it immediately invited him to join the company and started work on designing a Japanese-made scooter using Maruyama's scooter for reference. The first prototype was completed in August 1946. It was powered by a 112 cc 4-stroke side-valve air-cooled single-cylinder engine developing 1.5 PS. Using a flywheel magnet, the scooter had to be pushed to fire up the engine. For this reason, it was fitted with a lever on the handlebars that activated a compression release valve in the cylinder head.
The scooter was given the C-10 type code and named the Silver Pigeon and after it and the engine were granted mass production approval. It went on sale at the beginning of 1947. A facelift the following year saw the introduction of the Silver Pigeon C-11 model. The company was honored to present a C-11 scooter to his Imperial Highness the Crown Prince (now the Emperor) of Japan.
With a production run extending to 18 years and earning valuable export volume at the time, the Silver Pigeon made a major contribution to the company's business results.

Overall length 1550mm
Overall width 560mm
Overall height 1010mm
Engine 112cc