Unfortunately, the Mercury Hermes
Scooter was a total disaster. Although Mercury
tried introducing several more models over the
next 3 years in a desperate attempt to recoup
losses, by 1958 the company went into liquidation.
With such limited production, examples of the
Mercury motorcycle, moped or scooters are now
very hard to find.
Mercury Industries (Birmingham) Ltd. was founded
in 1947 and produced large numbers of bicycles,
initially in Birmingham and then in Dudley;
they made commercial delivery bicycles for Cyclemaster
Ltd which, when fitted with an engine, became
the 'Cyclemaster Roundsman.'
|1958 Mercury Dolphin Scooter 98cc
||1958 Mercury Hermes Scooterette
A Very Rare Scooter in Original
In 1956, when the Hermes was launched,
times were changing fast and new-fangled
things called 'mo-peds' had just
arrived; old-fashioned cyclemotors
and autocycles were no longer wanted.
Youngsters now rode scooters, went
off on jaunts with them, joined
clubs, had camping holidays, on
the ferry to France. Even moped
manufacturers had to start making
them look a bit more like scooters
- hence the 'scooterette' design
of this one.
1958 Mercury Mercette 60cc
The Mercette is one of the
rarest British cyclemotors, and
this example - believed one of
only four to have survived - is
in excellent all-round condition.