Tuesday, 21 June 2011


Valmobile folding scooters were made in Japan during the 1950′s and 60′s. They were often referred to as Suitcase Scooters because they folded down into something that looked very much like a suitcase.

This interesting little motor scooter weighed 75 pounds and measured 27.5 x 14 x 24.5 inches for storage in a “boat, plane, car, closet or basement” and could be unfolded and ready to ride in “30 seconds” according to their advertisements.

The engine was a 49cc 2-stroke that had a kick starter, automatic transmission (centrifugal clutch type), and was advertised to get up to 165 miles per gallon fuel economy and to go up to 35 miles per hour. This is pretty similar to many scooters and mopeds today, but this one seems much more fun to have!

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