Rare 1981 Puch Murray 8321 (possible prototype) from private collection – as is

$1,000.00

In the 1970’s, the famous American department store sold a line of bicycles and wheeled goods called “Free Spirit”. In 1978-80 Sears sold three moped models, all made by Kromag in 1978.

THEN from 1980-1982 Sears switched to selling a very similar moped manufactured by Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company from 1979 to 1982 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. 

The best that I can tell, this moped is some kind of prototype during the transition.

The frame says Murray 1980 BUT it has the Free Spirit style seat, rack, and swing arm.  It, like both the Free Spirit “Deluxe” and Murray 8320, is silver BUT the forks and original fender are the style only ever sold in red on the Free Spirit “Standard.” I have never seen any other moped configured this way. It also has a Puch tank decal that I have never seen AND the major thing  making me think that this bike is a “one off” is that the original VIN is 1234… Seems fishy.    

As a connoisseur of what we call “super rare variations on super common mopeds” when this interesting but disassembled original bike came up for sale I had to get it! I bought it online and had it brought to me from out of state. I installed new old stock Puch wheels with brand new tires (still new and never taken down the road). I wanted an interesting motor for this build so I installed this Puch Korado motor that I had on another bike years ago. This is a superior motor with huge ports, a stock needle bearing crankshaft, reverse cut gears, lightened trans parts, the best 3 shoe clutch puch ever made, and a Ducati CDI. Basically all of the standard upgrades we do when building motors today, BUT originally made by Puch. WOW! To the best of my recollection the bottom end was running well with the Puch 65cc 43.5mm hero massive port kit, new old stock Hero 65cc head, Ducati CDI ignition, MLM Puch Hero pipe, MLM Puch Hero intake, and Mikuni 18mm carb; but the bearings were loud and the motor is probably due for a rebuild. 

Much like my other personal bikes being sold as is, I was working on this project when the moped shop’s busy season hit and the bike was never finished … then like many of my mopeds, I put it on display in the front window for a few seasons, and then moved it to storage for a few years. I think it’s time for someone new to own this bike and get it back on the road. As the bike has never been running and is missing parts, we are not going to warranty it; but for someone who knows how to build and tune Puchs, the bike should be awesome. 
– Alex, Owner, Detroit Moped Works.

No warranty on as is mopeds.

All vehicles purchased online will be held at our flagship store on Michigan Avenue.

Pick up appointments can be made through the Facebook scheduler.  

National shipping can be arranged through U-Ship at the buyer’s expense. We expect it to be $200-$300 depending on location.

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About selling “as is” mopeds in 2020:

Detroit Moped Works has always felt confident profiting from our wonderful work, selling refurbished or rebuilt mopeds that we could stand behind and sell with a warranty.  

As a matter of principle, Detroit Moped Works has always been opposed to “flipping” mopeds, or making money off of selling non-running mopeds, project mopeds, parts mopeds, and/or “as is” mopeds. 

That said, due to what the media refers to as “these strange times” we are not able to get bikes built for sale this season. Further, we are repeatedly seeing “as is” mopeds selling on the peer to peer market for 2-3 times what we consider “Normal Market Rate.” For these two reasons we have decided to get some projects out of our shop and in the hands of folks who can hopefully get more bikes on the road.

Most of these mopeds will be priced above what we consider “normal market rate,’ but below the high prices we are seeing as the “new normal.” In the time honored tradition of “flipping,” we will be giving the most brief description possible, not promising anything of the individual vehicles, but promising you that you will have a wonderful time working on and learning about your new toy motorcycle! Or maybe it just sits as wonderful decor in your Man Cave or She Shed. Once you buy it, it is out of our hands and yours to enjoy!  

Prices are firm / sales are final / bikes are as is. 

Pick up appointments can be made through the Facebook scheduler.  

Payments accepted: Cash, Credit/Debit card, or PayPal.