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California Scooter Company Greaser – Click above for image gallery

When you think of a classic road-going Mustang, visions of Blue Ovals and good ol' Carroll Shelby likely begin dancing in your head. But there was a highly collectible Mustang in America way before Ford decided what we really needed was an inexpensive sportscar for the masses. Instead of four wheels, the first Mustangs needed only two to get the job done.

The original Mustang motorcycle was introduced in 1947 by a small company in Glendale, California. The diminutive machines used a small 122cc two-stroke engine from Villiers and wheels measuring a scant 12-inches in diameter. They weren't exactly performance machines, but the Mustang got around pretty smartly nonetheless and allowed 20,000 new riders to hit the wide open road.

Now, California Scooter Company plans to launch a new Mustang to the American market, this time using a more environmentally friendly 149cc four-stroke powerplant, though still retaining the original dinner plate-size wheels. Three versions will be available; one standard model that's tough to distinguish at first glance from the original, a (completely unfortunate) pink Babydoll version and a flat-black bobber called the Greaser. Alternatively, you can order a custom model just the way you want it.

Production bikes are scheduled for availability in March for a starting price of $4,995 for all three models. Check out the image gallery below and click past the break for a couple videos showing the bikes in action.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      My next door neighbor had one of these and I had a Cushman Eagle scooter that dad and I had restored from a basket case. We had a blast riding those things, but hey what did we know - I was 14 at the time and anything with 2 wheels and an engine was great fun!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Fantastic little machine. Needs to be a bit more focused to the scooter crowd (automatic!).

      This thing could end up being the American Vespa.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The price is insanely high, and it looks goofy too. These are a thousand times more cool:

      www.oldschoolhardknock.com

      Starts at $1995 for the complete kit, all you do is assemble it. I have seen kits on sale for as little as $1400 on the net. I have been wanting to pick one up for a summer project to do with my son. They dont list mpg on the site but I am betting a 200cc engine on such a light package can match 60mpg.

      And did I mention they just look so cool?!?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those are very cool looking and priced much better than this failboat. Thanks for the link, looks like a great father son project. Good luck, and have fun.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love the look of the Greaser model.
      Sure it might be a little too small and too underpowered as well as over priced, but still the color-scheme and overall look is really cool.

      The bikes at the link (oldschoolhardknock.com) posted above look even better, but I am still not knockin' the bikes from CSC.