Classic Scooter

Here’s an image of my great-grandfather Arbuckle on a very futuristic looking scooter.  It wasn’t his, and I doubt he actually rode it but it seems to have belonged to his brother-in-law (Campbell).  The photo is in the Campbell’s yard in Long Beach, California, probably in 1946 or 1947.  If anybody can identify the model, please let me know as I don’t know much about the early scooters coming into the US.  It must have been a fairly big bike as he was on the tall side.  Glad to see the love of scooters isn’t new to the family.

Update: It appears to be a Salsbury Motor Glide, manufactured in California.  This scooter introduced the continuously variable transmission (CVT) that we all know and love.  Thanks to Luc for pointing the way.

The Reverend Charles Manseur Arbuckle trying out a flashy scooter at the Campbell’s house in California ca. 1947.

Me and the GTS in 2012.

Just a note: I don’t generally ride without a helmet and gloves as I hope to avoid being maimed or killed in a road accident.  I need my head and hands.


About George Crawford

archaeologist, archer, primitive technologist, and wannabee musician ... mostly
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5 Responses to Classic Scooter

  1. Oldfool says:

    I started riding Cushman scooters in about 1952 or1953. There were a number of others around such as Vespa and Lambretta but I don’t remember seeing anything like that. I tried visualizing it without the windscreen but that doesn’t ring any bells either. My mind was fully engaged in motor vehicles then and believe me if I had seen it I would remember.

  2. Oldfool says:

    I forgot to add that it was in Arkansas and we did not yet know what a taco was or a bicycle with gears. California was a foreign country where strange people with strange ways lived.

    • Paleotool says:

      It was a magical place where we went to visit the “cool” relatives. I never really though regular people could live there.
      You’re an Ozarker maybe? We’re probably related somehow.

  3. Luc says:

    It’s a Salsbury model 85 I think. Very nice! Look here:

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