The original Mustang motorcycles were built in Glendale, Calif., from 1947 to 1965 and were extremely fun, small bikes powered either by a 320cc side-valve single or a 122cc Villier’s 2-stroke, while the transmission was usually a 3-speed Burman. During the almost 20 years of production, approximately 20,000 Mustangs were built, making these quite popular things to ride back in the day.
Nowadays, California Scooter Company is reviving the original Mustang motorcycles at their Seidner’s Pomona, Calif. facility, where they have prepared an aluminum 149cc 4-stroke single-cylinder engine for the retro bikes. These will have a 27-inch seat height, measure only 6 feet in length and weigh 240 pounds wet.
The company actually plans to build three models, the Classic, Greaser and Babydoll as well as a variety of Customs, all based on the original recipe, meaning that California riders with a taste for retro motorcycles will be back on 12-inch wheels soon. Starting at $4,995, these things are no toys if that’s what you were thinking.