Pretty scooters come from Italy. For those who instead wanted a rugged scooter, the source for three decades was Lincoln, Nebraska, home of the Cushman Corp. factory that turned out tough, reliable two-wheelers between 1936 and 1965.
Cushman's most famous product? The Military Airborne Model 53, a foldable, lightweight scooter designed to be dropped with parachute troops in World War Two. It didn't work out so well on the battlefield, but is much valued by collectors today.
|Cushman logo, spelled correctly|
The Cushman name lives on as a line of light industrial trucks produced by a subsidiary of Textron Inc. in Augusta, Georgia. And this '48 Cushman survives as an economical means of daily transportation in Cuba.