c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter

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c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter
Sold for US$ 17,250 inc. premium

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c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter
c.1970 Cushman Powered Child's Car with c.1946 Cushman 'Husky' Model 53A Model Scooter
The Cushman scooter company was started in 1903 in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Everett and Clinton Cushman, incorporating as the Cushman Motor Works in 1913. In 1922 they began production of their 4-stroke Husky engine which ultimately would be used in farm equipment, pumps, lawn mowers, and boats. And more scooters...the Model 53A, the red example on the trailer, was widely used by the US Armed Forces in WWII (as the Model 53) even being dropped by parachute. And after peacetime began, the motorcycle-like Cushman Eagle was the one to buy and stayed in production for approximately 16 years.

Why Cushman? Both car and scooter in the 'hookup' offered here run Cushman Husky single-cylinder engines.

The open two-seater 'sports car' started life as a part of a carrousel but has since been fitted to a simple steel ladder frame with a rear-mounted Cushman engine – somewhat reminiscent of a Crosley Hotshot, an American two-seater sports car first produced in 1949. It was small compared with most of its contemporaries. This body has a full-sized steering wheel in its center suggesting that it might just find a Shriner as the driver in the past. Shriners have long since entertained the viewing public on Memorial Day parades (each usually wearing a fez) driving miniature kart-like cars often with figure-of-eight antics mid highway.

The Cushman 53A scooter is powered two-wheel mobility at its most basic. Simple, slow, stable. Cushman and others thrived in the 1950s and early 1960s selling the precursor to the Japanese minibike – more motorcycle than scooter.
Both car and scooter have been superbly restored and refinished – ready for any summer show or picnic.

Footnotes

  • Offered on a Bill of Sale. As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

Saleroom notices

  • The scooter is a child-size, miniature replica Cushman Model 53A, powered by a 1.7hp Korean-made Keyang KY171 33cc gas engine. Both car and scooter were likely to have been built in the last decade and are in as-new condition.
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