1946 Salsbury Scooter For Sale

1946 Salsbury Scooter Details

Originally sold in the 1930’s and 40’s as cheap alternative to owning an auto or as a second vehicle, the Salsbury was said to influence the Vespa a few years later when taken to Europe to find investors. Driven by a single-cylinder, four-stroke air-cooled engine with a fluid-filled centrifugal pulley belt drive, these little scoots were advertised to run “at 1/3 the cost of an auto.” Drum brakes front and rear on a rear coil spring comprise the suspension with an advertised top speed of around 20 mph. These scooters were very popular when sold new and were a great success as a business; they have a large cult following to this day. Many clubs are located about and restorations are common.This scooter starts up right away, without any odd noises and clouds of smoke. The motor idles great and runs smooth and strong. It can be ridden right out of the parking lot and can be enjoyed just the way it is.The body panels are all in decent shape. You can see in the pictures below that the Salsbury logo is still very visible from when it was originally stamped from the factory when the scooter was made.It is probably one of the last unrestored running examples of this bike you can buy. It would be a great project to do a full restoration and turn this into a classic collector’s piece or even better, leave it the way it is.