Post-Sale Update: After 16 bids on eBay, this Rupp Go Joe sold for $1,858.
Founded in 1959, Rupp Manufacturing started out as a kart manufacturer in Mansfeld, Ohio. Within 10 years, they had grown to a 400-employee shop pumping out mini-bikes, go-karts, snowmobiles, and what some people consider to be the first “4 wheeler” – the Rupp Go Joe. Produced in two sizes, a mini and a full size (the latter of which is featured today), the Go Joe features a 295cc Kohler engine that pushed out 16 horsepower.
Rupp’s expertise in snowmobiles means the Go Joe had a similar drivetrain. A primary belt ran through a single speed clutch drive, and it was capable of about 55 miles per hour. Parts are available thanks to online retailers like Rupp Riders.
This specific Rupp Go Joe is 100% original, except for the tires – though the originals will come with the bike. The frame is in great shape, and though the body has a few ‘bumps and bruises’, there are no cracks. We like the amount of patina this quad has. Just replace the throttle cable (which is currently fraying), hook up the headlight leads, and enjoy!
Find this Rupp Go Joe for sale here on eBay with bidding still under $1,000 and the reserve not yet met in Kenton, Ohio.