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1947 Salsbury Imperial Rocket

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Back in 1936, a man named E. Foster Salsbury co-developed the Salsbury Motor Glide, a scooter with an enclosed drivetrain underneath the seat. His later development of the first CVT to be used on a scooter made his product such a success that he even tried to license the design internationally. This design defined the second generation of scooters worldwide, …

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Ending Soon – 1938 Moto Scoot Model B

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In 1936, Normal Siegel created Moto Scoot with all of his assets and three employees. When Siegel served in the Amry for WWII, the company was taken over by financiers in Chicago who changed the name to American Moto Scoot. It would go on to be the nation’s most popular scooter for a few years, bigger than Cushman or Salisbury.

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1956 Heinkel Tourist 103 AO with Steib Sidecar

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Post Sale Update: This Heinkel sold for $8,550 after 42 bids on eBay. Heinkel started as a German aircraft manufacturer that found themselves without a product after the Allies banned them from making planes after World War II. They moved on to bicycles, a microcar, and scooters like the Tourist to help Germans who couldn’t afford a car but needed …

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WWII – Gest Motor Scooter

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6-17 Update: Now this Gest is on eBay, with no reserve! Someone’s getting a weird scooter – get your chance here on eBay. Based out of Philadelphia, the Gest Motor Scooter Manufacturing Company made a variety of scooters that were marketed as economical forms of transportation.

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175 Miles – 1979 Honda Express II

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The second generation of the Honda Express, the NA50 was sold between ’79 and ’81. It shared the 49cc two stroke and automatic transmission of every other Express model, but featured a slightly bigger gas tank and a more comfortable seat and handle bars.

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1948 Hiawatha Super Doodle Bug

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Post Listing Update: This Doodle Bug did not get any interest at the opening bid of $3,500. Built between ’46 and ’48, the Hiawatha Super Doodle Bug was built to compete with Allstate-branded Cushman scooters. As the latter were being distributed out of Sears, the Doodle Bugs were sold out of the now-defunct Gambles retail chains under the Hiawatha brand …

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1989 Honda GB500

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Post Listing Update: This GB500 was relisted multiple times with slightly lower BIN figures. Eventually it got down to $5,000 but that still wasn’t enough to attract a buyer, and it seems like the seller gave up on eBay. Honda’s GB500 has become quite a cult classic (with the selling prices to prove it) thanks to its classic (British) good …

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1960 Tote Gote Blazer

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The Tote Gote was developed by Ralph Bonham, who built it to make his life easier while on hunting trips in Utah. That company ran from 1958-1970, but early on a board member (and sales manager) left to start a new company – which produced the Blazer you see here. The first six Blazer’s utilized a Tote Gote frame, and …

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Pranafa Playboy Mini-Scooter

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This bike contains one of my least favorite phrases – “ran when parked”. Despite that, it’s too cool not to feature. Originally imported to the US by Hap Alzina, the west coast BSA dealer, the Pranafa Playboy was a mini-scooter built by Dr. Seiffert in Frankfurt, Germany. The intent was something to have something you could take to work but …

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Couple of Custom Honda Ruckus’

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Or is the plural or Ruckus actually “Rucki”? Built by the scooter shop Rucksters Customs, these Rucki have been turned into a showpieces thanks to a lot of custom work and bolt on pieces. First up is Ripple, as shown in the above photo, which has a dual disc setup, some pieces from the Euro model (called the Zoomer), custom …

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1981 Honda Motocompo

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Post-Sale Update: After 23 bids on eBay, this Honda Motocompo sold for $2,026. Sold for only 3 years, the Honda Motocompo was a tiny 50cc folding scooter designed to fit into the trunks of the subcompact cars Honda was making at the time, like the City. In fact, the City’s trunk was designed specifically to house the Motocompo. Nowadays, they’re …