Salsbury Motor Glide


Salsbury Motor Glide History

In the midst of the Great Depression in 1935,

E. Foster Salsbury decided America needed a 

good but inexpensive mode of transportation.

He introduced the Salsbury Motor Glide in 1936.

This two-wheeler weighed 65 pounds and came fully

equipped with lights, horn, and collapsible handlebars.

The 1948 model when introduced, was called the 

"Motor Scooter of the Future." It was a radical design,

the wheels were practically hidden and it had the ease of

a self shifting transmission. The influence of the Salsbury

on all other scooters that followed was an enormous one.

Salsbury dictated the design of the modern Motor Scooter

with their very first product in 1936.



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1935 Evinrude 

air cooled  motor, 

friction drive, 

only known survivor.

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Evinrude powered,

chain driven.

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1937 Johnson

 "Iron-horse" engine,

 Bump start.

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1939 Motorglide 

model 70,

 Lauson engine, 

Delux seat, 

Bump start.

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1940 "Motorglide"

 model 70

 with carry-pack.

For information on this scooter email Jerry Perkins


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1940s Motor-Glide


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Motor Glide Model Identification 1936 - 1943

Motor Glide Model Identification 1936 - 1943


Motor Glide Mart

Roy Frankson Dealer


Dive Bomber 1942 Dive Bomber 1942 Dive Bomber 1942


From the set of Dive Bomber 1942 From the set of Dive Bomber 1942 Errol Flynn

From the set of Dive Bomber 1942 From the set of Dive Bomber 1942

From the set of Dive Bomber 1942


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The end of a 4,000 mile cross country trip


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1936 Motor Glide

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1937 Motor Glide

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From  Dick DeBuse scrapbook

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From  Dick DeBuse scrapbook

1937 Salsbury

1937 Salsbury

 From  Dick DeBuse scrapbook

 From  Dick DeBuse scrapbook

From  Dick DeBuse scrapbook 

Salsbury Scooter Girls 1946

Scooter Girls 1946

Salsbury's Pin Up Girls


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Scooter rentals 

Daytona Beach


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Jacksonville Beach


3 Motor Glide's

& a Rockola

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Random snap shots






Salsbury contest

Salsbury contest


Rosco Turner Rosco Turner packin Rosco Turner & the gang


Ann Sheridan

Ann Sheridan on a

Salsbury Motor-Glid

Rita Hayworth

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Rita Hayworth

Salsbury Motor-Glide

Carole Lombard and Sabu

Carole Lombard and Sabu

with her Salsbury Motor-Glide


Dorthy Malone

Dorthy Malone

on a Salsbury

Edgar Bergan

Edgar Bergan and 

Charlie McCarthy 

Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn on a 

Salsbury Motor Glide

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong

on a Motor Glide 


 Judy Garland

Judy Garland 

on a1937 Motor Glide

Judy Garland

Judy Garland

Judy Garland

the tuner

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Warner Brothers

camera dept. 

From  Dick DeBuse scrapbook

The Hard Road to 

Screen Fame


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Faith Dorn

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Ronald Reagan poster


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Nelson Eddy & Rose Stevens 

On a Motor Glide


Gaynor scooter

Janet Blair, Brian Aherne, Rosalind Russell on a Gaynor scooter. 

 Publicity still from "My Sister Eileen", 1942


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US Naval Training center Ambulance 

San Diego, CA


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Motor Glide Cops

From the Dick DeBuse scrapbook


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1940 Motor Glide

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sold on eBay

sold on eBay

sold on eBay

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1940 sold on eBay

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1937 Motor Glide

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1941 sold on eBay

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Motor Glide ad June 1941

Thanks to Dick DeBuse


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Frank Medeiros,


1937 Salsbury

My brother's scooter. His name is Patrick R. Brewer. It is a 1937 Salsbury that was purchased new in Inglewood California. The picture was taken in front of our garage at 4263 West 61st Street, Los Angeles, California. The picture you have of my Jeepette was taken just to the right of Pat's picture. Both scooters license plates are on the wall in my den. My brother is a retired Marine and lives in Oceanside. 

Jerry L. Brewer


1940s Motor Glide

Steve Guzman's 1940s Motor Glide


1940s Motor Glide

A 1941 Motor Glide is briefly visible on a US Navy flight line in the 1941 movie 

"Dive Bomber," about 1h, 56 minutes into the DVD

Marcus Brooks