Westcoaster Mailster

Not to be confused with a similarly names WordPress plugin (Mailster, email newsletter plugin for WordPress), these were hot in the 60s!

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It was kinda wild to drive, too!

Often known as “mail scooters”, Mailsters worked best in areas with warm climates and flat terrain. The two cylinder gasoline-powered vehicle had a safe top speed of 35 miles per hour and a 7.5 horsepower engine. A Mailster could be rendered useless in just three inches of snowfall. Mail carriers often complained of frequent breakdowns ranging from clutch failure to broken front axles. If a Mailster rounded a corner too quickly, it was also prone to tipping over.

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That’s wizard!

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