Jim's Cushman Scooter Site

        Time Line of the Cushman Motor Works

   

Home

Cushman Club
Of America Information

Jim's Engine
Overhaul Manual

New Content

Technical & Repair

Historic Information

Cushman Model ID

Hints & Tips

Vanguard Center

Cushman Time Line

Cushman Pictures

Truckster Pictures

Other Scooter Pictures

Cushman Dealers

Cushman Literature

Cushman  Clubs

Links Page

Cushman Show Pictures

 

 

6/6/1887 Charles DeWitt Ammon Born. See entry of 1933.
9/17/02 Cushman Motor Works founded by Everette and Clinton Cushman

1913

Easy Manufacturing Company founded by Charles Ammon in David City, NE

1922 (approx) Everett and Clinton Cushman left the company
1922 Company began production of  first air cooled "Cub", forerunner of Husky
1923 Charles Ammon moves Easy Manufacturing to 1645 N 21st St, Lincoln, NE
1926 Production of "Bob a Lawn" lawnmower began

1933

Charles Ammon  acquires ownership of Cushman Motor Works

6/5/34 Cushman Corporation incorporated by Charles Ammon

1936

Cushman decides to enter the scooter business to enhance engine sales

1936

Model 1 Autoglide Introduced.  Less than 20 reportedly sold

1938

Model 2 Autoglide Introduced

1938

Models 3 and 4 Introduced

1938

Models 5 and 6 introduction

1/3/38

Models 7& 8 introduction

1/4/38

Models R-1, R-2 and R-V Autoglide Introduced

1940

Dealer cost on Autoglide was $132.00

1940

Models 12 and 14 introduced

1940

Models 21 Economy, 22 Standard introduced

1940

Model 24 Deluxe Introduced

1942

Models 32 and 34 Autoglide Introduced

1944

Military Airborne model 53 introduced - 4,734 sold to government

1945 WW2 ended. Cushman had made 8,500.000 bomb nose fuses for effort

1946

Model 52 Pacemaker & 54 Roadking introduced

1946

Model 53A Civilian Airborne Introduced

1947 3 Yr Modernization of plant started including a New modern foundry 

1947

New disc clutch introduced. Cost: $20.00

3/24/47

Epic engineering study released on the Varamatic and its efficiency

6/15/47

Barrel springs replace pencil springs on front suspension

12/9/47

Model 59 ice cream chassis introduced at $325.00

1948 Pacemaker Tubular Model 52A Introduced

1948

Allstate 811.30 introduced

6/1/48

Model 53A Civilian Airborne believed to have been discontinued

10/1/48

Models 54B and 59B Introduced

10/4/48

Model 54A-B Introduced

10/4/48

Model 54B introduced using the Varamatic Drive

10/4/48

Model 62 Pacemaker introduced

10/4/48

Model 62A tubular Pacemaker introduced

12/1/48

Model 64 introduced using the Varimatic and called the Super

12/1/48

Models 69 and 69A introduced

12/1/48 Model 64A introduced

12/31/48

Model 54B and 59B discontinued after 3 months

5/20/49

Models 65 and 65A introduced.

8/1/49

Model 61 Highlander introduced

8/1/49

60 Series offered with larger Engine and models given a -81 suffix

8/12/49

Letter issued stating Varamatic problems fixed

11/1/49

64A Tubular Varimatic introduced    Given the name "Super" in 1951

1950 Plant modernization completed. Cushman had made 200,000 engines
1950 Charles Ammon died
1950 Cushman employed 750 people

6/10/50

"Barrel Spring" model 765 Eagle in production

9/22/50

Luggage rack became standard on 765 eagle

12/8/50

Model 811 Highlander introduced, Model 61 discontinued

1951 Cushman made aircraft parts for Korean war effort.  750 employees.

1951

Allstate 711.30 introduced at $179.50

1951

Models 711 and 714 Highlander introduced

1951

Allstate 811.40 introduced at $219.95

1951

Model 61 Highlander discontinued sometime in 1951

1951

Govt. restrictions required sales of some scooters without lights

1952 Truckster introduced  (may not have been called a Truckster at this time

1/8/52

Model 92-5 crankshaft replaced 80-5, oil pump is different

4/28/52

New Square block engine 5 HP went into production

4/30/52

Model 762 Single Speed Eagle introduced at $285.00 list

5/12/52

Model 714 Highlander introduced. Model 711 stays in lineup

7/7/52

Cam ground piston introduced for 5 hp engine

7/16/52

Resistor available to limit voltage for 6 volt lights

8/4/52

Black color added to red, blue and cream for Eagle

8/4/52

All truckster frames to be painted black

12/8/52

Dark blue scooter color changed to light blue

1953

Model 53 Military Airborne introduced

1953

Model 715 Highlander introduced

1953

Model 62A discontinued sometime in 1953

1/21/53

Delete 2-5/8 inch 4 HP engine for Super (Varimatic)

1/21/53

Delete 2-5/8 inch 4 HP engine for Pacemaker and Road King

1/22/53

Eliminated models 66, 68 & 69 trucksters

5/7/53

Model 715 Deluxe Highlander introduced

5/8/53

Model 714 Highlander production ended

5/18/53

New Golf Buggy Introduction

11/20/53

Mud & snow tire available cushman 100 4 ply $13.75

2/5/54

Model 781 Pickup and Model 782 Truckster introduced

3/11/54

End of production of model 64-85 Super

3/11/54

End of production of single speed 762 eagle

6/4/54

New Kids wagon introduced at $16.95

7/23/54

All model 780's to have oil bath air cleaner

5/13/55

New tubular fork eagle introduced for 1955 model year

1955 Cushman introduced electric-powered 3-wheel vehicles-Industrial and Golf

12/14/55

New 3 inch M9 engine intro (see 2/6/56)

12/14/55

Stop light introduced on all scooters & trucksters

1/11/56

Tail Light socket goes from screws to push on terminals

2/13/56

New M9 engine -3 inch - 7.3 HP at 3800 RPM. Later rated at 8HP

5/16/56

Cream paint discontinued, Brilliant yellow added

6/25/56 Sesostris Motor Corps (Shriners) purchased first Shrinner scooters. 

8/1/56

Black hand grip replaced with white vinyl

8/1/56

New longer throttle shoe for new grip

8/22/56

Model 67 truckster gone when stocks exhausted

8/27/56

All Eagles get oil bath air cleaner

9/7/56

Eagle model 765-27 introduced for Jr drivers 5 HP

10/16/56

17M71 4HP engine for 50 series discontinued

11/16/56

Cushman sells 1500 model 780 to USPS

1/1/57

Allstate Jetesweep introduced

1/22/57

Cushman designs a model for shrine motor patrol at $443.75

2/57 Cushman received a USPS contract for 1500 3-wheeled Mailsters.

2/20/57

722 Pacemaker "alligator" introduced at $300.00

2/20/57

Model 725 Roadking "alligator" introduced at $335.00

4/25/57

5 HP Junior Dr. models added in Pacemaker and Roadking

5/10/57 The Ammon Family sold Cushman Motor Works  to Outboard Marine Corp
6/6/57  Cushman became a subsidiary of Outboard Marine Corp.

7/18/57

Bulletin confirms model 715 Deluxe Highlander discontinued

7/18/57

Model 711-51 introduced with 2-5/8 engine & # 100 tires

8/9/57

Oil bath air cleaners on Pacemaker and Roadking

1/1/58

Allstate 811.40 discontinued

1/1/58

Allstate 811.94301 introduced

1/23/58

Chrome handlebars an option on 765-27 at $5.00

3/14/58

Model 765 1958 Eagle introduced with 3.0" 8 HP M9

3/14/58

Model 765-27 1958 Eagle introduced 2-5/8 in. 4.8 HP

3/15/58

New Eagle transmission, clutch pulley and pulley brake & right side chain drive

3/17/58

1958 model year Pacemaker and Road King announced.

3/17/58

New oval air cleaner introduced, new muffler for Eagle

4/15/58

721 Highlander introduced with 3.8 or 4.8 hp engine

11/17/58

New 1959 models introduced

11/17/58

Cast Iron Super Eagle introduced

11/18/58

Model 725 Pipe frame highlander introduced

11/19/58

12 volt electric introduced & Horn is standard equipment

11/20/58

Model 780 trucksters gets hydraulic brakes

11/21/58

Model 734 Electric truckster introduced

12/3/58

Closeout sale on 1958 models

1958

Model 721 Tubular Highlander introduced

1958

Model 721 Highlander introduced

1959 Cushman foundrydiscontinued. They purchased blocks with the (B) identifier
1959 Development began on the Super Eagle. 790 employees..

2/26/59

Eagles can be ordered with primary chain drive

10/19/59

New tubular road king introduced with 8 HP engine

11/25/59

Closeout sale on 1959 models

1960

Allstate Jetsweep discontinued

8/19/60

Trailster introduced at $325.00 list 4.8 HP

9/13/60

Announcement that all sales after 10/1/60 will be 61 models

12/29/60

Cushman appointed nationwide distributor of Vespa

1961 Short lived Cushman-Vespa promotion began

4/3/61

Aluminum OMC Enine introduced in 9 & 18 HP twin

4/4/61

780 Truckster now offered with 18HP engine

4/5/61

Model 735 Golfster introduction

4/6/61

Silver Eagle introduced with OMC Aluminum 9 HP engine

8/10/61

Intake restricting manifold for Jr dirvers introduced

9/8/61

Silver Eagle production suspended because of problems

9/9/61

Cast Iron Eagle reintroduced to fill void

10/13/61

Close out of Pacemaker and Roadking announced

10/1/61

Decision made to end scooter production over next few years

12/5/61

Robert H Ammon and William B. Ammon resign

12/6/61

Cushman becomes a division of OMC instead of a subsidiary

1/18/62

Tooling complete on redesign of Silver Eagle

3/19/62

New Silver Eagles shipping as replacements only

3/20/62

Full production of new SE expected by July1962

7/1/62

Number of teeth on ring gear on OMC engine changed

7/1/62

Silver Eagle expected to be in full production soon

9/19/62

8 HP Cast Iron Eagle discontinued for the second time

1963 Cushman received another USPS contract for 2222 vehicles. 1150 employed

3/25/63

New lower prices on Highlanders and 5 HP cast iron eagles

9/3/63

New low price for Trailster model 723

4/7/64

8 HP Highlander discontinued

4/8/64

5 HP Cast Iron Eagle discontinued

8/4/64

Inventory of 5 HP Highlanders exhausted

8/12/65

All trailsters inventory exhausted Only SE remains

2/25/66

Production of Silver Eagle discontinued

2/25/66

Cushman no longer makes scooters. Some SE's available yet

7/26/68 Cushman acquired by Ryan Equipment Company of St. Paul, MN
11/22/68 Cushman Sales & Service of Nebraska, Inc. was incorporated
6/27/75 Cushman Golf Carts production discontinued.  Employment was 540.
ca 1980 Production continued to move toward emphasis on turf care products
9/26/89 Cushman acquired by Ransomes PLC, Ipswitch, England
1/30/98 Textron, Inc. purchased Ransomes PLC, including the Cushman plant.
2002 Company discontinues the Patrol Truckster used by police nationwide


Material compiled from original Cushman literature, The Cushman Resource Guide by Joe Melton, MotorScooter Buyer's Guide by Michael and Eric Dregni, and issues from Volume 10 of the Cushman Club of America Magazine. When the exact month and day of an event is not known the year is stated.  This time line is believed to be substantially correct.  If you have corrections or additional facts to contribute to this time line please send me an email with the details.  Please use the Email link in the left margin.


Top of Page   Return to Home Page