I own a 1963 250cc Maico Blizzard which I bought as an ex-German Army M250B, which was a Blizzard converted to military spec. The Maico company was virtually on its knees when the German government gave it an order for 10,000 machines to military spec, and this order kept the Maico company going for a few more years.
I purchased mine from a military vehicle enthusiast, though not a motorcyclist, in a miserable state, but fitted with Berlin number plates, so it had been privately used before coming to England. I had the engine in a bath of diesel for three months before the piston could be persuaded to vacate the cylinder bore. With an angle grinder I removed all the military equipment, i.e. pannier frames, tanktop map case, headlamp mesh guard etc and restored it to Blizzard spec as near as possible, rechromed everything, and had it repainted Land Rover cairnes blue, which is pretty close to the original Blizzard blue.
It runs very well and has covered many miles in my possession. For a 250 it is quite large physically, though not at all heavy.
There is a Maico owners club here in the UK, of which I am a member, though its main interest centres on the excellent Maico scooters. I have never seen another Maico like mine in the UK. That comment should bring dozens out of the woodwork, but there was a group of them from Holland at the West Kent run a couple of years ago.
Ed note: Thanks for the information, Robin. Let’s see what turns up!
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