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    Default What is it?

    Well it was a scorcher today, well into the 90's, so we went for an evening cruise in the TD. Putting around on some empty back roads, I picked up a new scooter. It was decorating someones flower garden and I stopped to check it out. They liked the car so much they gave me the scooter! A car that makes people happy is a good thing. (I think the license plate won them over)
    It fit in the back with the handlebars hanging out...

    Can it be identified? I have no clue of the vintage or the brand... anyone? I'm guessing 1940's, maybe 50's, the epitome of American manufacturing!
    I do like it and will restore it. No cracks in the foundation, the steering is a bit worn and loose it wants rebuilding, but the thing is sound. I wonder if replacement tires can be found?
    (White appears to be the original color/paint)

    edit: Should I have put this in the garden ornament thread?

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    Maybe its ok to do both? Post it to the garden thread and let this one carry on as well?

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    ^ Good call, Fred - although Jake's 'find' appears to have traveled many, many miles on those wheels !!!

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    That brake is pretty fancy. You’ll need to fabricate a new parking stand.

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    That brake is pretty fancy. You’ll need to fabricate a new parking stand.

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    Looks like it wasn't garaged.
    "alternative facts (lies)" are a cancer eating through a democracy, and will kill it. 1st amendment is not absolute.

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    Patina, baby.
    Speak softly and carry a mouthful of marbles.

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    License plate?

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    The OP has slight differences in details of the formed pieces. Compare the tire size and the wheel clearance at the fork. The one in the OP had skinnier tires when it was new. Also, look at where the stand connects just behind the axle nut. The one in the OP looks like it never had a spot to mount a stand.
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    Must be the light duty version. :-)

    (probably just the standard cheaper version)

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    And you didn't even have to 'bring a trailer.'

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    Fred, the Hamilton was also my best guess after searching a bit, but this one has a short reinforcing rib at the front center of the footrest and an additional rib running the full length of the front fork giving it a decidedly more art deco look with both details adding strength. No planned obsolescence here.

    Right away I thought a kickstand would be in order, but the original axles will not allow one like the "Heavy Duty" shows. There is a larger diameter axle stub on the right side rear only and a space indicating it may have had a single sided kickstand, maybe.
    The wheel/tire diameter is a little odd, very close to an original Western Flyer scooter or wagon. They are 8" wheels w/9" OA diameter. There is not room for 10 inch and even 9-1/2" will be plenty tight. Vintage Radio Flyers are OAD 9-3/8" (I think) so maybe those would work. What's on there is still pretty good, certainly good enough to display.
    In my late night enthusiasm, after going to the end of internet images and not finding another like it I am beginning to think this could be imported, it has a bit much panache than the others. The owner has dual citizenship with Italy and came here in his youth (he's in his 60's) and is soon going back to buy a getaway villa or cottage perhaps.
    Maybe it's Italian, the Ducati of kick scooters.

    And for Harry...

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    Inspired by Rob's inquisitive son...

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    Driving no less!
    Reminded me of the day I was in my MG and a guy put a table out on the road, free for removal.
    Drove home with a pine hardtop.

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    Whoa. I can sense a TD thread update.

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