Sunday, September 14, 2014
A Harley-Davidson "Topper" and Some Reminiscences from Ed
John, in the mopeds, scooters, and whizzers class that I judged today was an exact version of the Harley-Davidson Topper (scooter) that I delivered newspapers on for a couple of years after getting my driver's license. See attached photo. Indeed, the owner of this gem lives only two miles from me here in Beavercreek.
I came home from college during Christmas break in fall of 1965 and learned that my step-father had sold my scooter. He never inquired as to whether I wanted to keep it. While he is now dead, I have yet to forgive him for that misdemeanor. These scooters were relatively rare when they were on the market and few people know that Harley actually marketed a 2-cycle scooter.
I asked the gentleman who owns it if he would consider parting with it. He said "no" and indicated that he'd paid 3K for it a couple of years ago. As I recall I paid perhaps 75 bucks when I bought mine used from someone in Hinton, West Virginia likely around 1962 or 63. A 75 buck motor scooter now is valued at $3,000.............go figure