A patent for the Autoped, a “self-propelled vehicle”, was granted


Tuesday 25th July 1916

A patent for the Autoped, a “self-propelled vehicle”, was granted. An early description of the Autoped, a motorised scooter, described it as having a hollow steering column that acted as the fuel tank. However, the production version had a fuel tank above the front mudguard. The driver stood on a platform with 10-inch tires and operated the machine using only the handlebars and steering column, pushing them forward to engage the clutch, using a lever on the handlebar to control the throttle, and pulling the handlebars and column back to disengage the clutch and apply the brake. After riding, the steering column would be folded onto the platform to store the scooter more easily. The engine was an air-cooled, 4-stroke, 155 cc engine over the front wheel.The bike came with a headlamp and tail lamp, a Klaxon horn, and a toolbox. Developed during wartime and gasoline rationing, it was quite efficient, but was not widely distributed. An electric version was also available with a motor on the front wheel. The Autoped went out of production in the United States in 1921, but was manufactured by Krupp in Germany from 1919 to 1922.


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