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1958 Zundapp Bella

In Italy, Scooter by Abhi0 Comments

Zundapp was able to sell about 130,000 examples of the Bella scooter between 1953 and 1964. Engine options were a 150 (146) or 200 (198) – here’s an original example of the latter.

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1950 Cushman Eagle

In America, Scooter by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Started in 1903, incorporated in 1913 in Lincoln, Nebraska, Cushman Motor Works built motors principally for farm and industrial applications. In 1922 they introduced a four stroke overhead valve single cylinder motor famously known as the Husky. In 1936 they brought out their first scooter in an effort to sell more Husky motors in the teeth of the Great Depression.

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1960s Centaur Folding Scooter

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I actually remember this from the early 60’s. Popular Science and/or Popular Mechanics had a feature on it. I didn’t give it much consideration then. The owner of this one isn’t sure what year it is, but they were built from 1960 to 1965.

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1947? Indian Papoose

In America, Scooter, Small Displacement by Tom Wacker0 Comments

I’m an Indian fan, and I’d never heard of this model. I was skeptical until I did some research and lo and behold, there it was. The Papoose was actually a rebadged Corgi model built by Brockhouse Engineering in England. The model was a civilianized version of the Welbike which was developed during WWII for British Special Forces to use …

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Sleeper Scooter – 1999 Italjet Formula 125

In Italy, Less than 5k, Scooter by Abhi0 Comments

At first glance, you might think this scooter was only good for quick runs to a coffee shop at 25 miles per hour. But thanks to a 2 stroke 125cc engine, this Italjet Formula can get you up to an indicated 85! The seller says he’s never seen another example of this model in the US, and I haven’t either. …

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1955 Mustang Stallion (Model 8)

In America, Scooter by Abhi0 Comments

Mustang Motorcycle was a division of Gladden Products. They started developing motorcycles during WWII and shortly after bought Busy Bee Company to guarantee the supply of motors for their motorcycle division. The 1947 Mustang Model 2 is said to be the first motorcycle manufactured in the US with a telescopic front fork. The Model 2 was the basis for almost …

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1957 Cushman Eagle

In America, Scooter by Tom Wacker0 Comments

Introduced in 1949, the Cushman Eagle was an attempt to copy ‘real’ motorcycle styling, and it obviously worked. The Eagle was by far Cushman’s most successful model, the flagship of the venerable company.

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1959 Cushman Highlander – Or Not?

In America, Scooter by Tom Wacker0 Comments

The Cushman company was created in 1903 in Lincoln, Nebraska and in 1913 they incorporated as Cushman Motor Works. The company built engines for pumps, farm equipment, lawn mowers and boats, most notably their ‘Husky’ brand. A strategy for survival in the Great Depression the company began making scooters in 1936 and continued until 1966. OMC (Outboard Marine Corp) acquired …