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Old 04-20-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
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Hirano Popet Scooter 1958.


My father received two as a gift from a Japanese company back in 1958.

Rode only a couple of times and have been stored in the garage since then.

Thank you in advance for any help in this matter.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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They started making these in 1951, yours sound like new. Although they have sat
for so many years they would have to be inspected by someone.
I have some ideas. You may need to find someone who can help you
with working with and translating into Japanese or who is computer
savvy or has the right software. It would be worth it, so you can
effectively communicate with Japanese buyers overseas. Such as if you were
going to list them on a Japan auction site. The market, I would think
would be better in Japan where parts are still available or more easily
found and collector interest would be highest.
Still there should be some opportunities in US/Canada cities where
the Japanese population speaks English and is highest or in the largest cities.
For example you could take photos of them, nice, multiple photos,
with any manuals you may have included. Then you can list on Craigslist
or Ebay, try craigslist in cities like Seattle and Honolulu, maybe LA
or New York. Toronto, or Vancouver etc. Don't let them off for cheap. It sounds like
you don't know how to start them, you may want to find a motorcycle
(they really are motorcycles, not scooters) mechanic who will get them
both started and running nicely first. Then you can show the mechanic's
receipt as proof that they are in working order. (or offer video proof).
I bet there is someone willing to pay over $1500 per bike, maybe
even more. If you hammer the Craigslist cities with photos/offer of video proof,
mechanics receipt, anything you can do to make them appear most appealing
you will get offers in the thousands of dollars.
These cycles are strong. In your condition I would consider them to be
a valuable asset which will appreciate in value as time goes onward
I would not think it inconceivable for them to be worth $5k+ each
if they are perfect to the right buyer someday. They are a true
historical testament to the success of post-war Japan.

Yahoo Auctions Japan
ե!

a couple links of parts stores/scooter in Japan that deal
with these:
Motorscooter Guide Forums

The Hirano Motor Co is still in business:
•–ƒ‚[ƒ^[ƒT[ƒrƒX-‰’ŽᏼŽs‚Ž“ŽԐ”H@(ŽŒŸ/”/‹/’†ŒŽ””„/Ž”ƒŽ)

you could click reply on this person's ad and ask him what he knows
about them 1960 hirano scooter

Here is a site which helps you list on Yahoo Japan auctions
http://www.mailorderjapan.com/yahoo-...apan/index.php
and a listing service: http://www.goodsfromjapan.com/japan-...ice-a-120.html

more on help with listing: http://www.bing.com/search?q=need+he...0-16&sp=-1&sk=

http://www.craigslist.org/

Also perhaps the easiest is to take them to an Ebay dropoff store
they will charge a commission % of the sales price but you won't
have to do anything at all except drop them off. Here:
http://www.ebaydropoffsite.com/ebay-...-location.html

unreal i just saw you did not say you are looking to sell.
well anything is only worth what someone will pay for it
and these certainly fall into that category if you want to
maximize value they could go into $3+k range but if you
don't want to do anything to get them going probably
only a fraction of that. There is no price guide for these,
there is a small market and very little consensus. good luck

Last edited by Snowball7; 04-20-2013 at 04:30 PM..
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
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They started making these in 1951, yours sound like new. Although they have sat
for so many years they would have to be inspected by someone.
I have some ideas. You may need to find someone who can help you
with working with and translating into Japanese or who is computer
savvy or has the right software. It would be worth it, so you can
effectively communicate with Japanese buyers overseas. Such as if you were
going to list them on a Japan auction site. The market, I would think
would be better in Japan where parts are still available or more easily
found and collector interest would be highest.
Still there should be some opportunities in US/Canada cities where
the Japanese population speaks English and is highest or in the largest cities.
For example you could take photos of them, nice, multiple photos,
with any manuals you may have included. Then you can list on Craigslist
or Ebay, try craigslist in cities like Seattle and Honolulu, maybe LA
or New York. Toronto, or Vancouver etc. Don't let them off for cheap. It sounds like
you don't know how to start them, you may want to find a motorcycle
(they really are motorcycles, not scooters) mechanic who will get them
both started and running nicely first. Then you can show the mechanic's
receipt as proof that they are in working order. (or offer video proof).
I bet there is someone willing to pay over $1500 per bike, maybe
even more. If you hammer the Craigslist cities with photos/offer of video proof,
mechanics receipt, anything you can do to make them appear most appealing
you will get offers in the thousands of dollars.
These cycles are strong. In your condition I would consider them to be
a valuable asset which will appreciate in value as time goes onward
I would not think it inconceivable for them to be worth $5k+ each
if they are perfect to the right buyer someday. They are a true
historical testament to the success of post-war Japan.

Yahoo Auctions Japan
ե!

a couple links of parts stores/scooter in Japan that deal
with these:
Motorscooter Guide Forums

The Hirano Motor Co is still in business:
•–ƒ‚[ƒ^[ƒT[ƒrƒX-‰’ŽᏼŽs‚Ž“ŽԐ”H@(ŽŒŸ/”/‹/’†ŒŽ””„/Ž”ƒŽ)

you could click reply on this person's ad and ask him what he knows
about them 1960 hirano scooter

Here is a site which helps you list on Yahoo Japan auctions
Yahoo Japan Auctions from MOJ Tokyo Japan
and a listing service: Japan Yahoo Auction Service | Goods From Japan

more on help with listing: need help in listing on yahoo japan auctions - Bing

craigslist > sites

Also perhaps the easiest is to take them to an Ebay dropoff store
they will charge a commission % of the sales price but you won't
have to do anything at all except drop them off. Here:
http://www.ebaydropoffsite.com/ebay-...-location.html

unreal i just saw you did not say you are looking to sell.
well anything is only worth what someone will pay for it
and these certainly fall into that category if you want to
maximize value they could go into $3+k range but if you
don't want to do anything to get them going probably
only a fraction of that. There is no price guide for these,
there is a small market and very little consensus. good luck
Thank you ever so much for the suggestions and links Snowball7!
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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