Sold by Radio Shack – 1961 Briggs & Stratton Powered Scooter

In America, Less than 5k, Scooter by Ted CloughLeave a Comment

Most of you are familiar with the foreign-made bikes sold by US catalog dealers such as Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Wards back in the 60’s. Well, Radio Shack also jumped on that bandwagon, selling powered vehicles in their catalogs. Not foreign, but here is a 1961 motor scooter powered by the ubiquitous Briggs and Stratton lawnmower engine.

Back then it was common to buy a kit frame and put your own engine in it, but here they did all the work for you. The seller doesn’t give a lot of information, but it looks very similar to the model in this 1961 advertisement:

Photo from Neato Coolville.

The ad mentions a 3 horsepower 4-stroke engine, fully automatic transmission, brakes, and even lights and a horn. All for $189.95, or if your paper route is a little short, $11 monthly.

The seller doesn’t state if this is original or completely restored, but it looks to be in remarkable condition. You can find your next pit bike located near Atlanta, Georgia for $1,500 here on Craigslist.