Autoped Motor Scooter, 1918


The Autoped Company of America, of Long Island City, New York, built this lightweight scooter in 1918. It bears the number D3201 on the left side of the engine.

The 4-cycle engine has an air-cooled integral-head cylinder bolted to a circular crankcase. The engine is geared to the wheel by means of a disk clutch. All control of the vehicle is through the steering column. Turning the column steers the machine in the conventional manner; pushing it forward engages the clutch; and pulling it back operates the internal expanding brake on the front wheel. Turning the left grip operates the throttle, and turning the right grip operates the compression release through a wire controlling the opening and closing of the intake valve.

Date Made: ca 1918

Maker: Autoped Co. of America

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Lawrence Bourgeoise

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.325406Accession Number: 254555Catalog Number: 325406

Object Name: Motor scootermotor scooter

Measurements: tires: 15 in x 2 1/4 in; 38.1 cm x 5.715 cmcrate: 36 in x 62 in x 25 in; 91.44 cm x 157.48 cm x 63.5 cm


Record Id: nmah_746073

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