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Scooters from Sears

A Sears Allstate motor scooter kept one reader happy when he was 17 in 1952, driving it around whenever he could.


The vehicle my niece Susan Morton and I are riding is a Sears Allstate motor scooter, purchased when I was 17, in 1952. To save postage, I would ride the scooter eight or nine miles to make the payment on it. It was a good excuse to go for a ride.

The scooter didn’t have many safety features. I came close to wiping out once when the throttle cable broke. The only way to stop was to pull the line to the spark plug to kill the engine.

I kept the scooter about 18 months, selling it when I decided I was more interested in a car.  

Joe Malhoit • Allen Park, Michigan

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Chuck Sperry August 11, 2011 at 8:18 am

I had a 1958 Cushman Eagle in 1961 when I was in high school — two speed manual, clutch, 8 HP Outboard Marine brand or Briggs & Stratton (can’t remember which) engine. Much fun–I’m now thinking of buying a Honda Metro at the ripe young age of 65 to save some gas around town.

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Grandma Betty August 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

I certainly hope Joe didn’t take this little tyke on a ride on that bike!

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Kent McGuire April 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm

I’ll bet Joe did take his niece for a ride. My neighbor Paul had an Allstate scooter back around 1955 when I was 13 and he was 15. We rode that thing all over the creation in southwestern Indiana. Those were wonderful times.

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Dave Filipiak August 25, 2011 at 12:53 pm

In 1956, I had a Cushman Motor Scooter with a 5 hp motor on it, I used to drive
throughout Rossford, Ohio with no license plate. I rode it down side alleys. One time I drove to a friend’s house and got caught by a police officer from Northwood, Ohio. He asked me where the license plate was. I told him it must have fallen off, and he had no way of checking and let us go. After that I just rode it around Rossford.

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Terry Hoagland September 9, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I had a brand new cushman eagle in1960 I was 15 years old I thought I was hot stuff I had my hair dyed blonde with marshan thats when the boat neck shirts were popular. A lot of people don’t remember marshan it didn’t stay around long.

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Ron Ballantyne April 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm

yes I Had a 1957 Cushman bring back the times of my life

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jason April 8, 2012 at 1:36 am

sad thing is no kid today would know to pull the line to the spark plug to kill the engine.

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Greg Just April 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I was totally surprised when my Dad brought it home for me when I was 14 back in 1966. It was a 1958 Cushman Huskey with a 8 horse Briggs and Stratton engine. It went 60 mph. Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! We Lived out in the country and very few cops w…ere around. Had a blast visiting my friends, and never had a breakdown. Got caught once in town and had to walk it to the city limits before I could get back on to ride home. Wish I still had it, been looking for another. Life was good back then!

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K V Smith August 9, 2012 at 7:30 pm

In 1959, at age 16, I had a ’56 Allstate scooter (almost the same as in the article). I was cruising along at 30 to 35 MPH when the top of the piston disintegrated. My dad helped me rebuild the motor and it ran great. I sold the scooter to a friend but I still have the piston!

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Josh Walker August 27, 2012 at 5:17 pm

1956 I was 14 years old and had a paper route in Birmingham. This Allstate 3 horse was a big step up from a bicycle. We cut the end of the muffler off to make it loud. Cops were after us all the time. No headlight at night, no problem! Throttle cable break, control speed at carb. How we survived I’ll never know.
Back in B’ham for family reunion this last weekend and stopped by Magic City Scooters lookin’ to relive my youth. He didn’t have any Cushmans but is a heck of a nice guy. Matthew Myers.He turned me on to this site. Hope to find a 1956 vintage scooter some day.

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Wayne Mitchell September 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm

My first motorized two wheeler was a 1950 Sears Allstate Scooter, I think it was really a Cushman sold under the Allstate brand, I got it in 1952 and rode the wheels off it.
I had many scooters and motorcycles from then until 2004 when I sold my last bike, a 2003 Kawasaki 750 Vulcan. Now am thinking about a Harley, even if I have to sit it in the lobby of the old folks home and just drool on it .

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Jerry Livingston September 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm

I got a 1960 Sears Allstate motorbike, red with a beige tank. I enjoyed it for several weeks. One day after staying up all night I decided to go for a ride. I got sleepy while riding and closed my eyes to see how far I could go. When I opened my eyes I hit a telephone pole. I flew 15 feet in one direction and the bike went 15 feet the other direction. I lay in the grass knowing I was dead. About that time a lady pulled up in a car and said “Honey, are you alright?” I was so embarrased I just got up and heard the bike still running so I got on and took off without saying anything to the lady. Eventually I sold the bike to a friend for $75.00. Now I’m 66 years old and still laugh about it.

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Bob weeks May 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I an 75 I want to build a 30/40 s cushman motor scooter. Cant afford to buy one of any kind because of ss income. I would like may be for someone to help me along,maybe some one has some blue-prints or have them selves done this project? thanks much Bob. I have the nessarry mig welder /and every kind .hand tools that a man could ever want . I was a gas / diesel mechanic all my life. Maybe someone would like to trade scooter for tools,if so e-mail me robert.weeks.sr@gmail.com or call me 352-789-1744

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Mary Nell Renteria July 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Had an Allstate motor scooter probably built around 1950. Square body/pump crank to start/accelerator on handle bar/ foot brake. Very basic. All the ones were red. Can you help me locate?

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Linda Bowman September 4, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I have a 1952 Allstate Scooter that my father purchased from Sears in 1952. I am interested in selling this scooter if anyone is interested.

Many memories of riding with my dad on this scooter.

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