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Jerry’s Vintage Scooters

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

(Submitted by: Ron, with photos by: Lindsay)

For any scooter enthusiast, a trip to Jerry’s Automotive on Memorial Blvd. in Port Arthur is nirvana.  He has many oddball scooters that most people have never seen or heard of on display at his place of business.  Jerry is also brother-in-law to SCGT member, Bruce.  Here are a few of his interesting scoots:

(Pics 1 & 2)  This is a Whizzer knock-off that Jerry built himself.  He added a small engine to a heavy duty bike, larger tires, separate chain, gas tank welded-in to the frame, antique looking headlight, and a Harley Davidson logo.  Jerry says this is the Whizzer he wanted as a child and never had.

(Pics 3, 4, & 5)  Believe it or not, this is a Centaur scooter, circa 1960, that folds up to form a suitcase.  It was made to carry on to an airplane, so a person would have transportation upon arrival.  The body is a very suitcase-like plastic of some sort, and the fork folds back into the body.

(Pic 6)  The Centaur suitcase scoot, with a vintage Cushman to the right.

(Pic 7)  One of four tiny Suzuki 360 autos imported from Japan .  I don’t believe they were ever marketed in the U.S.  They are very tiny, similar to the Fiat Topolino.

(Pic 8)  Believe it or not, Jerry actually shortened the already tiny Suzuki.  He sectioned out the back seat, and shortened the doors.  No one over 5”5” should attempt to enter.  Note the really neat Moto Guzzi motorcycle to the right, circa 1970’s.  It’s beautifully restored, and Jerry rides it to motorcycle events in the area.

(Pic 9)  Another Suzuki 360

(Pics 10 through 16)  Jerry has a Honda Express, manufactured between the years 1977 and 1983.  It appears to be an unmolested original.  Note the position of the gas tank over the rear wheels.

Not pictured, but in Jerry’s collection, is a vintage three-wheeler off road vehicle by Cushman.  It is a regular large-frame Cushman, with two wheels and a differential spliced to the rear.  It was supposed to be an off-road hunting vehicle, but Jerry says it was not very capable, especially compared to today’s trick four-wheelers. You can see it in the extreme left of Pic 4 and extreme right of Pic 6.

If you are ever in the vicinity, drop by Jerry’s to view his collection.  He is also a cracker-jack mechanic if you need auto service.–Ron (with photos by Lindsay)

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Wednesday, August 12, 2009 9:11 pm

    A well-written, well-researched article, Ron. Great job!
    Thanks for exposing this local hidden gem!
    Nice photos, Lindsay! Thanks, guys!
    _Lorenzo

  2. denny permalink
    Thursday, August 13, 2009 10:20 pm

    Wow! I have seen that place for years, but never knew what all he had over there. We will definitely have to make a pass by there. Thanks for posting this Ron & Lindsay. Great Job!
    Den

  3. Bruce permalink
    Saturday, August 15, 2009 8:22 am

    My brother-n-law Jerry is a very interesting character. He has a lot of old scooters, motorcycles, cars and a lot of other old collections of you name it. He is also a good musician and has a cajan band. I fogot he is also a great mechanic. One thing about Jerry what you see is what you get. Nice article.
    Bruce

    • Saturday, August 15, 2009 8:42 am

      What is the name of his Cajun band and what instrument(s) does he play, Bruce?
      Jerry sounds like what you may call, a “Renaissance man”.
      _Lorenzo

  4. Bruce permalink
    Tuesday, August 18, 2009 7:48 am

    I think the band is called Jerry and his Cajun friends. Jerry plays the squeeze box (accordion) Yea Jerry has done a lots of stuff in his life from motorcycle racing, car racing, flying planes just to name a few things. He is very interesting to listen to.

  5. Tuesday, August 18, 2009 1:38 pm

    Hey guys! Thanks for all the nice comments. We really enjoyed putting it all together. It was like time travel.

  6. Charlie Walton permalink
    Friday, September 4, 2009 10:08 am

    Bravo! You brightened my day. Thanks!

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