Folding Travel Scooter: 1962 Centaur FS4

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This 1962 Centaur FS4 folding scooter (serial 200159) is claimed by the seller to be a mostly original, unrestored example with just a few pieces that have been exchanged for newer ones. Further described as being a good running and riding machine, these portable scooters were marketed toward small boat and plane owners, got upwards of 100 MPG, and sold fairly well in their day. Folding is accomplished in a relatively easy three-step process, and is claimed to take about 60 seconds. Find it here on eBay in Fayetteville, Arkansas with no reserve.

Grayish-blue paintwork shows some patina, but looks pretty good for the most part–likewise for the chromed handlebars and headlight bucket. The seller claims tires are factory originals, which will surely need to be replaced prior to any riding. A neat matched-set of factory optioned saddlebags are included, and remain in good shape apart from some rodent damage seen on the right side. A couple of issues worth noting are a bent handlebar and missing seat strap. On the plus side, a new headlamp and grips have been fitted, and there’s swing-out foot rests for a rear seat passenger.

A Clinton 50cc two-stroke powers this machine with all of 5 HP, but somehow still manages to afford a 400 pound load capacity and a top speed of 40 MPH. Starting is accomplished by a pull cord handle seen on the right side just forward of the saddlebag. The seller says that the motor holds good compression, and that its CVT trans remains in nice shape as well. Mileage is given as 1,234.

It’s interesting to note that the front wheel actually detaches from the fork for stowage inside the engine box.

The photo below shows the scooter in fully transformed transport configuration, and it’s not hard to see how the bike is more than capable of being stowed almost anywhere, especially with a dry weight of just 90 pounds.

The original Motocompo looks almost like a period toaster all folded up and ready to pack in the back of your Chris Craft or Skylane, and even incorporates a sealable fuel vent to prevent leaks regardless of stowage position.

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