Bronze Star Medal to
Norman Siegal, founder of Moto-Scoot
Moto Scoot sold scooters thru Montgomery Ward, Spiegel, Mead Cycle Co, J&R Auto Parts, and probably others. While Norman Siegel, who founded Moto Scoot, was in the army during WWII, the company was taken over by a group of Chicago financiers. They changed the company name to American Moto Scoot after the war. J&R was a chain of auto parts stores which sold Moto Scoots before the war. After the war they were bought out be Spiegel, and became their auto parts division with catalog sales as well as 60 stores. They sold the scooters under the Moto Scoot name and as J&R Flying Star scooters. All the original American Moto Scoots I have seen have been blue. The original Flying Stars have been red. Mead sold Moto Scoots under the Mead Ranger name both before and after the war. Mead also sold the Scooter Cycle made by Comet.
American Moto-Scoot mailer
Includes the model with Briggs engine and Albion transmission
Same as above in 3 readable pages
Made from 1943-45. I have only seen 2. One was an Army scooter.
This one belongs to the Baldanzis
J&R Catalog 1939 1947
1938 Moto Scoot - Publicity release
Moto Scoots and Keens at Miami Beach Oct. 10, 1938
Chesterfield ad 1937
Back when it was OK to smoke
Sold on eBay
Thanks to Dick DeBuse
Here’s a few pictures of the early Moto-Scoot.
I brought this one from the Pickers. It was picked last month in July,
so the episode should view sometime this fall.
My 1938 Moto-Scoot after restoration.
Thanks to, Jim Kilau, Jerry Mahoney, and Jerry Perkins for the help in restoration.
Luke Griesbach, Wisconsin
More of Luke's scooter
215-217 S. Western Ave
Chicago, Il 1936
A model on a
in the service bay.
& two employes
in front of the
A 1936 prototype??
Thanks to Eric Stevenson
Un-restored 1937 left and 1936 right
1937 Moto-Scoot at MMA
Moto-Scoot's @ Portland 2008
1939 Moto-Scoot Delivery
1939 Moto Scoot Imperial Solo
Win a Moto-Scoot
1940s Model D Moto Scoot
at Dennis Carpenter's Museum Charlotte, NC 2009
by Dick DeBuse
Bill Via & his trophy wining 1946 Moto Scoot
Bill Via's 2 speeds are 1946 or 1947
This is an American Moto-Scoot made by the Chicago MFG Co. From what I can find, Moto-Scoot was only in business from 1937-1947. This one is a model 345 which was a delivery model. The awkward looking back fender area is actually a trunk that could haul items. This one is a 1946 model we think. It has a vin and code tag but unfortunately there's not much information on them. This one had 2 options for motors, one a Briggs & Stratton model NP which used a large rear sprocket and a Lawson model 320TLC which used a very small rear sprocket. This one came out with a Lawson because it has the small rear sprocket. It's missing the engine and the body panel that would surround the engine. There is a home made engine plate that has been tack welded in place that allows a newer type engine to be mounted. Otherwise is in extremely good, unrestored condition.
Seymour, Marlow, OK
This 1945 is being restored by Tom Bemis
1942 - 45 American Moto Scoot.
Motor ran after 51 years - sitting in a barn with very little work.
Gene Bahnsen. Father and original owner of scooter....
Billy Bahnsen Wharton, TX.
Moto-Scoot with side car