model 53 introduced - 4,734 sold to US government
Here are a few facts about the
Originally the company made engines
and decided to build a motor scooter just to have another product to
put the engines in.
The earliest Cushman scooters were
sold in 1937 and known as Auto-Glide models.
The first model was 1-1 for first
scooter and first model. The 1-2 was the second model and so forth.
The original Auto-Glides sold for $132 to $140. By 1938 Cushman had
nine models of scooters.
They continued to build scooters in
what they called the twenty series and thirty series until World War
Then all scooter production went to
the war effort. Some wartime motor scooters were designed to be
dropped from airplanes and they were used for other military duties.
The 82nd Airborne used many of these
in France after D-Day.