Mustang (motorcycle)

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The Mustang was a lightweight motorcycle built by Gladden Products Corporation in Glendale, California,[1][2] from 1946 to 1965. The second production version, the Mustang Model 2, was among the first motorcycle manufactured in the United States to have a telescopic fork.[2]

Customized Mustang motorcycle with a Triumph engine installed

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Howard Forrest, an engineer and former midget car racer, designed and built a 19.2 cu in (315 cc) water-cooled four-cylinder engine in 1936.[1][3] In 1941, Forrest built a motorcycle powered by the engine,[1][3][4] and he commuted to work at Gladden Products on the motorcycle during World War II.[1][5] Company president John Gladden had Forrest and co-worker Chuck Gardner design a commuter motorcycle based on Forrest’s custom bike,[1] and started Mustang Motorcycle Corporation as a division of Gladden Products.[2] The factory was located at the corner of S. Brand Boulevard and E. Colorado Blvd. in Glendale, California.[6] The minibike was assisted by local engineer, Council Tucker, of Glendale, CA. Graduate of USC & Georgia Tech. He had served 4 years in the USN as an Engineer during WW2.

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