Autoped Scooters

The Autoped was designed and built by Autoped Corporation of Long Island, New York and first appeared at the New York Auto Show in January of 1914, with production beginning in 1916 with some development from the prototypes. Fitted with a 1½ h.p. four-stroke engine driving the front wheel was priced at $110. Optional extras included lights, horn and toolbox. The handlebars could be folded and attached to the rear mudguard acting as a carry handle to reposition the machine into, for instance, a luggage compartment in an automobile. Production in the US ceased in 1920, but continued with Imperial in the UK and Krupp in Germany. A Czech company also built a version, though there is some doubt as to whether they were licenced to do so.

Source: Bonhams Auctioneers

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