The rarest futuristic Salsbury scooter

This post is about a little scooter that most of you friends have never heard of. There is nothing surprising in this, because the total circulation of Mr. Salsbury’s scooters did not exceed a thousand pieces. By the way, they also have nothing to do with England, since they were produced in California, USA.

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Salsbury scooter

Salsbury scooter

The story of this amazing scooter began during the Great Depression. In times of crisis, few Americans could afford a full-fledged new car, and the secondary market offered either completely immovable junk or normal cars at considerable prices. Against the backdrop of all this, Ashley Foster Salsbury, a Californian entrepreneur, is wondering whether to make a small, simple scooter, easy to operate and affordable for everyone in these difficult times …

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Salsbury scooter

salsbury motor scooter

The idea was not bad, for the implementation of its technical part, the entrepreneur hires the engineer-inventor Austin Elmore, and together they create a scooter that is waiting for a loud failure. Loud – because Hollywood celebrities rushed to buy the novelty, and the design turned out to be damp. After collecting about twenty scooters in 1936, production was stopped for a thorough revision of the design. The process, I must say, dragged on, so the first commercial copies under the name Salsbury Model 85 came out only in 1947. They differed from their predecessor in absolutely everything.

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Salsbury scooter

The design – the first thing that catches your eye was peculiar. A streamlined teardrop-shaped silhouette, the wheels are completely closed, the only seat resembles a car. There are two pedals on the floor, one gas, the other a brake.

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Salsbury scooter

Yes, you heard right, the principle of controlling this scooter is similar to that of a car, there are no handles on the steering wheel. There is no need to switch gears either, because there is a belt variator.

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Salsbury scooter

All this beauty was set in motion by a single-cylinder four-stroke engine with a capacity of about 6 hp, the maximum speed of a single scooter reached 60 km / h. And there was also an option with a side trailer, over the design of which they did not bother at all, so it is very similar to a trough.

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Salsbury scooter

For three years of production, about a thousand of these scooters were assembled. Due to the high price of $ 800, for which in the late 1940s you could buy a new motorcycle, or a used car in good condition, these pieces were not in demand, but today the surviving copies are put up for auction, from where they go for tidy sums. … [INSTAGRAM]

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Salsbury scooter
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Salsbury scooter
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Salsbury scooter
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Salsbury scooter
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Salsbury scooter
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Salsbury scooter

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