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Saturday, September 5, 2020

A mysterious American classic scooter today

Indeed, there were many scooter models had been built by various manufacturers in the world in the early 1950s to 1960s. They seemed busy dominantly passing through the urban traffic at the world's major cities because that time was also known as the scooter heyday. But on the contrary, if we look at it today, maybe most of their existence becomes mysterious (due to has become a part of private collections and/or museums) even some are extinct swallowed up by time.
A classic American scooter called Globester is designed by Brooks Stevens in 1946. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/32Mlmax)
Of the many models, one example is the American scooter model under the Globester brand. This scooter brand is known to be produced and owned by a manufacturer based in Chicago, the United States in the late 1940s. Some sources said that the scooter design related to Brooks Stevens, a famous American industrial designer of home furnishings, appliances, automobiles, and motorcycles as well as a graphic designer and stylist.

But, we can not find out much detailed information about Globester scooters on the internet, besides several old advertisement brochure pictures scattered on several sites out there. Literally, we could not be seen one proof of the Globester scooter has been survived and still exists up today.
An old advertisement leaflet of the Globester 2nd scooter model. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/32Mlmax)
Well, from the existing pictures, it can be concluded that there are 2 Globester scooter models that ever been made by the Chicago-based manufacturer. And the first model looks like has a similar style to the average American scooters that existed at the time.

As quoted from Lambretista, this Globester scooter model was made around 1946. When you think that Innocenti’s  Model A, on the face of it a much less sophisticated design, dates from 1947, you get the impression that American scooters had a definite head start on those from Italy.
The 2nd model of the Globester scooter is built with a one-piece aluminum frame powered by an air-cooled 2-stroke engine capable of producing up to 2 horsepower. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/32Mlmax)
Let's take a look at the second scooter model, in the advertisement brochure, it states that this Globester scooter is built with a one-piece aluminum frame powered by an air-cooled 2-stroke engine capable of producing up to 2 horsepower. With the engine power, this scooter can run up to a top speed of 35 mph with fuel consumption of 95 miles per gallon of gas. At that time this scooter model was offered in several color choices such as flame red, metallescent gray, bright yellow, and metallescent brown. One thing that stands out from all of these pics is that they are so ahead of their time.
The 2nd model of Globester scooter is offered in several color choices such as flame red, metallescent gray, bright yellow, and metallescent brown. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2EZU2xu)
The ad pictures mentioned above do come from the 1950s, and the one thing that strikes me from that is the price. The Globester doesn't look like a cheap scooter, but we don’t know why the Globester couldn’t gain success in the market. There're many factors, maybe it comes down to engineering, reliability, fashion, or price, but it’s certainly not as well known as that other iconic US brands, the Cushman or Salsbury.

That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to these unique scooter models, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article.

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