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Rock-Ola Built More Than Just Jukeboxes

As popular as the classic 1950's jukeboxes by Rock-Ola are, few know that this company once built motor scooters during the 1930's and 40's as well. This Chicago based company, whose classic jukeboxes sometimes sell for thousands of dollars also was a builder of some now very rare motor scooters sought out by collectors. Strangely, the 1 horsepower engine that powered some of the Rock-Ola motor scooters was called the "Iron Horse" engine by Rock-Ola. Okay. Rock_004.jpg

One interesting Rock-Ola design was this three wheeled scooter which was designed to be used by business with a large front mounted trunk. Possibly some were converted into ice cream wagons by some dealers.


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Comments (2)

GarandFan:

Rock-ola also manufactured the M1 carbine during WWII.

Paul Hooson:

GarandFan, you're absolutely right about Rock-Ola making those M1 rifles. They were an important defense contractor in those days. Great bit of history to add, GarandFan, bravo for your comment.


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