The Autoped – Pioneering New York City-Built Motorized Scooter

Autoped Image: en.wikipedia.org

Autoped
Image: en.wikipedia.org

 

Based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Colton Amster leads Redline Restorations and emphasizes concours-quality workmanship in undertaking restorations of diverse vintage vehicles. Colton Amster recently featured a unique, rare vehicle, the Eveready Autoped, on the company’s Facebook page.

The first motorized scooter model ever created, the Autoped also stands as the only motorcycle built in New York City. Manufactured from 1915 to 1921, the 155 cc Autoped was popular among people wanting to traverse U.S. and European urban grids efficiently. It was also adopted by organizations such as the U.S. Post Office to provide lightweight mobility for remote employees.

Featuring a 4-cycle engine, the scooter initially had a 6-volt lighting generator that was used to power its ignition and lighting. This was later replaced by a set of four dry-cell batteries and ignition coil connected to a right-mounted ignition switch. Today, a 1918 Autoped stands in the Smithsonian Collection and highlights a unique moment in U.S. automotive history.

The Bridgeport Police “Wheels & Shields” Car and Bike Show

Bridgeport Police pic

Bridgeport Police
Image: bridgeportpoliceunion.com

As the owner of Redline Restorations, Colton Amster oversees concours-quality automotive restorations on a variety of classic cars. Under his leadership, Redline Restorations has contributed to multiple philanthropic organizations and community outreach initiatives such as the Bridgeport Police Memorial Car and Bike Show. In fact, Colton Amster created the “Wheels & Shields” subtitle for this annual charitable event.

All proceeds from Wheels & Shields go directly to the Bridgeport Police Memorial and Bridgeport Police Department Activities League. Over the years, the event has featured prewar and postwar vintage automobiles as well as a wide range of muscle cars, race cars, motorcycles, and trucks. It has also hosted guest appearances by various automotive experts including collector car authority Bill Stephens.

The 2016 Wheels & Shields event took place on April 24, 2016, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Bridgeport Police Activities League building. In addition to welcoming cars and bikes of all kinds, this gathering offered food and musical performances.