Scooters, by definition, are motorized vehicles, usually 2 wheel although sometimes 3, with a step through platform. The Cushman Motor Scooters were produced from 1936 through 1965. The Model 53 was built for the military during WWII and was often dropped by parachute, thus it became known as the Cushman Airborne.
With ease of operation, centrifugal clutches, step through frames, etc., the Cushman scooters quickly became a desirable mode of transportation for grownup and baby boomers alike, both male and female.
The Cushman Series, an American-made scooter from the mid-20th century, would become the first form of motorized transportation for countless young Americans from coast to coast. Whereas over in Europe the names like Vespa and Lambretta became synonymous with inexpensive two-wheeled transportation. It was Cushman that gave this same inexpensive gasoline-powered freedom to Americans who wanted the convenience of a motorcycle without the cost or complexity.
The Model 60's, with their "Jet Age" body styling, were also known as RoadKings and Pacemakers.
1956 Cushman Scooter
- Year Built: 1956
- Vehicle Type: Series 60 Scooter
- Built By: Cushman Motor Works, Lincoln, Nebraska
- Engine: Estimated 9 horsepower, 4 stroke, single cylinder
- Owner: Woodland Family Collection