When I say motor scooter, you probably imagine a European (probably Italian) step through scooter, ideally with Audrey Hepburn driving it. The American scooter manufacturer Cushman had a distinctly American take on the scooter, which of course, looked like a miniaturized Harley. Find this 1963 Cushman Super Silver Eagle for sale on Vancouver Island, Canada for $4,000 via craigslist.
Unlike it’s wimpy Euro cousins, the Eagle scooter from Cushman wasn’t some sort of girly step thru with a gas tank hidden from view, it had an honest to god tank in front of the rider. Cushman’s also had a capacity advantage (mohar powarh!), with larger engines, but not necessarily more power than their Euro cousins(oh…). The Silver Super Eagle was the swan song of Cushman as a scooter manufacturer, originally powered by an 8 HP aluminium engine in 1961, it had all sorts of problems and most likely lead to Cushman’s demise as a scooter manufacturer. Later Silver Eagles, like this 1963, were powered by a cast iron engine, while Cushman figured out how to fix the aluminium engine. The ad doesn’t mention if this is the stock motor or a replacement.
As a kid, I remember when when the fair came to town and there was an amusement ride that was a merry-go-round that had little motorcycles instead of horses. The control layout on the little bikes was similar to this scooter. I wonder if the ride was made with a bunch of Cushmans…
It’s kind of ironic to see Harley and Indian banners in the background with a Cushman in front. The seller is rather parsimonious with details – just six words and four are Cushman Super Silver Eagle. But, it is a nice trip out to Vancouver Island.
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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent. He’s wondering where you would attach the extra lights and mirrors.