The museum will be open Fridays through Tuesdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Sept. 25. Reserve your free timed-entry pass and review our latest visitor safety guidelines.

Autoped Motor Scooter, 1918

Autoped Motor Scooter, 1918

Usage conditions apply
Downloads
Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Motor scooter
motor scooter
date made
ca 1918
maker
Autoped Co. of America
Measurements
tires: 15 in x 2 1/4 in; 38.1 cm x 5.715 cm
crate: 36 in x 62 in x 25 in; 91.44 cm x 157.48 cm x 63.5 cm
ID Number
TR.325406
accession number
254555
catalog number
325406
Credit Line
Gift of Lawrence Bourgeoise
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
America on the Move
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Comments

Add a comment about this object