Yard Man Incorporated
W. Ganson St., Jackson, Mich.
Thanks to Dick
scooter sold by Sears in 1959
also sold in Canada by Simpson-Sears
an extended time as shown by the Simpson-Sears catalog.
Co 1945 & 46
Fisher's 1946 Model 20 Motorette. This
particular car was equipped
a custom reverse gear and hand controls for its original owner.
Microcar Meet in Brookline, MA.
Carpenter's Motorette at Portland
On a Trailer in 1946
2009 by Dick DeBuse
following is from Ronald Winneberger
Introduced in 1947 the Motorette was
manufactured by the Motorette Corp. of Buffalo, New York. (USA). The vehicles
were primarily designed for use in a mile long aircraft plant but due to their
practicality found many other useful roles. It is powered by
a one-cylinder 4.1hp air-cooled engine that drives a single wheel that when
fully laden will propel the vehicle at 39mph (though it does not have a
speedometer) at up to 60 mpg. The body of the Motorette was all aluminum
with a channel construction "X" frame chassis and steering is done
by what can only be described as oval handlebars. A windscreen was an optional
The Motorette came in a number of forms that
included the Model 20 that was an all round vehicle that was a 2 seater with 6
cubic feet of luggage space and the Model 30 that was also a 2 seater with its
luggage capacity increased to 10 cubic weight.
Famous owners of the Motorette include the
American comedian Bob Hope who wanted "an extra "get-about car"
where no car could go.
Production of the Motorette is thought to have
ceased in the early 1950s.
The 1947 Motorette (Model 20). (My thanks to
Alden Jewell for sending me this picture)
The Motorette Chassis.