In 1949 Andreas Glas, a maker of agricultural equipment in Germany, visited a machinery exhibition in Verona, Italy. While there, he viewed several new Italian scooters. Inspired, he brought ideas back home to put his German manufacturing company into the “automotive” business. Prototypes were created and studied, then production machines hit showrooms in 1951.
Using very stylish “Art Deco” derived stamped steel bodies and trim, Goggos were all enclosed, full body scooters. Features include cloisonné front fender badging, polished alloy vent ports, a clock, a speedometer with odometer, a polished alloy headlight nacelle and foot controls for rear brakes and shifting. The ample seat offers room for a passenger and treaded passenger footboards are there as well.
Over about ten years of production 100cc, 125cc, 150cc and 200cc machines were manufactured. The largest machines were available with electric starting and even sidecars provided by Steib, Royal and Stolz. Looking back, the Goggo is one of the most stylish scooters out of Europe and now highly desirable.
Early Glas micro cars, the 250cc two-stroke Goggomobiles, came along in 1954. In all forms, Glas industries made over 46,000 scooters but abandoned the market moving to the more utilitarian “micro” cars and utility trucks important to post World War II Europe.
When you visit the National Motorcycle Museum make sure you check out the scooter display area. Innovative and practical machines from France, Italy, Germany and Japan plus America are all there for your study along with great advertising art.
- Engine: JLO Single, 197cc
- Type: Two-Stroke, Port Induction
- Cooling: Forced Air / Fan Cooled
- Horsepower: 9.5HP
- Starting: Kick, Electric Optional
- Primary Drive: Chain
- Clutch: Multi-Plate, Oil Bath
- Transmission: 4-Speed
- Electrics: 12 Volt/Battery/Coil & Points
- Frame: Tubular Steel Spine
- Wheelbase: 54 Inches
- Suspension: Leading Link Fork / Swing-arm, Dual Shocks
- Wheels/Tires: 4.00” x 10″ Front and Rear
- Brakes: Drum, Front and Rear
- Features: Spare Tire/Luggage Rack
- Fuel capacity: 3 Gallons
- Top Speed: 60 MPH