American Moto-Scoot

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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. 

Dick DeBuse

 

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American Moto-Scoot mailer

Includes the model with Briggs engine and Albion transmission

 

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Same as above in 3 readable pages

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model 145 & 245 Model 943 & Playboy Model's 345 Pioneer, 645 Courier, 746 Challenger

 

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1937

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1938

 

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Made from 1943-45.  I have only seen 2.  One was an Army scooter. 

This one belongs to the Baldanzis

 

J&R Catalog 1939 J&R Catalog 1947

J&R Catalog 1939 1947

 

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1938 Moto Scoot - Publicity release

 

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Moto Scoots and Keens at Miami Beach Oct. 10, 1938

 

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Oct. 1936 Ad

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1937 article

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1938

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1939

 

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Chesterfield ad 1937

Back when it was OK to smoke

 

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Sold on eBay

Thanks to Dick DeBuse

 

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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. 

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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

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Moto-Scoot factory

215-217 S. Western Ave

Chicago, Il 1936

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A model on a

1936 Moto-Scoot

in the service bay.

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Norman Segul

& two employes

in front of the 

Moto-Scoot factory

1936

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A 1936 prototype??

Thanks to Eric Stevenson

 

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1939                                1947

 

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MotoScoot Challenger

MotoScoot Challenger

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1937 Moto Scoot 

Un-restored 1937 left and 1936 right

 

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1937 Moto-Scoot at MMA

 

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1937

 

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Un-restored 1937

 

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1938 Moto-Scoot

 

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Moto-Scoot's @ Portland 2008

 

1939 Moto-Scoot Delivery

1939 Moto-Scoot Delivery

 

1939 Moto Scoot Imperial Solo

1939 Moto Scoot Imperial Solo

 

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Snap shots

 

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Win a Moto-Scoot

 

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1940

 

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1940s Model D Moto Scoot 

at Dennis Carpenter's Museum Charlotte, NC 2009 

by Dick DeBuse

 

1939 Moto-Scoot

1939

 

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Bill Via & his trophy wining 1946 Moto Scoot

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Bill Via's 2 speeds are 1946 or 1947

 

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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.

Russell Seymour, Marlow, OK

 

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This 1945 is being restored by Tom Bemis

 

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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.

 

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Moto-Scoot with side car

 

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Strays