|Very original Squire Squirrel.|
The first model was a take on the Stateside mini bike concept. This had already been done in the UK some twenty years earlier with the Trojan Trobike. The 'Squirrel' as it was to become known bore a close resemblance to its American cousins which were generally powered by sidevalve lawnmower engines fitted with ripcord starters. The big difference was that the Squirrel used an motor genuinely designed for use in two wheelers, the Peugeot 103 moped engine. A well proven unit that was produced in large quantity.
|Any colour so long as it is yellow...|
The front and rear mudguards along with the chainguard and petrol tank (under the seat) were fibreglass moldings, a simple job for Squire. The frame is a simple bent and brazed tube job, the steering bearings plain, the wheels probably industrial and the seat is plywood with sponge and a cover.
|Showing very basic seat and petrol tank with filler cap|
seemingly from an old oil can.
All in 450 Squirrels and PRVs were made. Extremely basic little things that did as they said on the tin and nothing more. Production stopped when Peugeot upped the price of the engines.
I have a Squirrel and from experience they start, go and stop, little more can be said. I question the suitability for children as the Peugeot engine actually feels slightly too lively for the running gear (yes really!) The inbuilt safety device though is that a child small enough to ride the PRV comfortably probably wouldn't be strong enough to start one on their own.
|PRV minibike. Colour probably correct, decals not.|