| August/September 1985

  • Eagle Model 765-14
    Eagle Model 765-14
  • Cushman Silver Eagle
    Cushman Silver Eagle

  • Eagle Model 765-14
  • Cushman Silver Eagle

Since the invention of the Cushman Motor Scooter in 1936, millions of Americans have become acquainted with this machine either through first-hand experience or association.

A product of the Cushman Motor Works of Lincoln, Nebraska, the scooter was not only the dream machine of teenagers, but also found a place serving society as a post office and military vehicle. Eventually, Cushman was driven out of the scooter business by foreign imports, especially Honda.

Largely through the efforts of Bill Somerville, of 1200 Kygar Road, Ponca City, Oklahoma 47604, a Cushman Club of America was formed in 1982, and now boasts over 900 members.

'Cushman Club of America was founded in 1982 because I could not find any information or parts for a Cushman scooter that I had purchased,' wrote Bill in a recent letter to GEM. 'I started looking for a Cushman Club and could not find anyone who knew of one.' Deciding the time had come for the formation of such an organization, Bill ran an ad in Hemmings Motor News to find some people to talk with about scooters.

In the three years since that first ad, the Club has held three national meets and published a wide range of books, such as owner's manuals, parts books, repair manuals, and paraphernalia. The most recent meet was held in Cleburn, Texas, on June 28 and 29.

Somerville's main interest is the Cushman Eagle scooter, since he had owned one in junior high school. 'In trying to research the Eagle,' he writes, 'I found that there were no books at all on Cushman even though at least a million kids had owned or wanted one during the forties, fifties, or sixties. Most of the older people who had worked at Cushman were now gone or had destroyed their literature. I decided I had better do something or pretty soon everything would be gone.'

11/28/2015 4:57:01 PM

Can anybody tell what kind of spark plug a Cushman Super Silver Eagle uses? Thanks, Steve

Terry Puryear_1
6/1/2009 7:31:52 PM

Located near Dallas, Texas. Just purchased a 1958 Cushman Eagle 8Hp.


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