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Space Age Special: 1986 Pulse Autocycle

If Luke Skywalker were to find his way to Planet Earth, what do you think the chances are that he would choose a vehicle like this 1986 Pulse Autocycle as his personal transport? This is a quirky vehicle that is guaranteed to draw attention wherever it goes. The owner has done most of the work required to return it to a roadworthy state, and it will be up to the buyer to add some finishing touches before hitting the road for a spot of fun. Located in Galion, Ohio, you will find the Pulde listed for sale here on eBay. Spirited bidding has pushed the price to $9,300, but this remains short of the reserve.

Produced by the Owosso Motor Car Company located in Owosso, Michigan, the Autocycle was the brainchild of a gentleman named David Vaughn. The company built around 347 examples between 1985 and 1990. It features a tubular steel frame with a fiberglass body, and in keeping with its aeronautical appearance, the canopy slides back to allow access to up to two people. Under each of those stubby wings hides an 8″ outrider wheel to provide balance when the vehicle is stationary or cornering slowly. Overall, the presentation of this Autocycle is very respectable. The fiberglass has no significant flaws, and the paint shines nicely. While the canopy features Plexiglass, the windshield is glass. All of this is in good condition, and everything, including the lights and wiper, works as it should.

One of the downsides of owning a classic motorcycle is that it can be unpleasant in cold or wet weather. That is where the Autocycle comes into its own. It offers effective all-weather protection, making life more enjoyable when the weather is being unkind. It features two seats set in tandem, much like a Messerschmitt. One of the drawbacks of the canopy and all of the glass and Plexiglass is that there is the potential for the interior to become oven-like on sunny days. However, the Pulse features what appear to be some pretty decent air vents to help alleviate this. Some were even equipped with air conditioning, but it isn’t clear if this is one of them. The owner refers to the interior as having all of the bells and whistles, so it is possible. The interior of this vehicle is in excellent order. It seems that the owner has performed some restoration work, with the seats and carpet presenting well. A crisp and clear motorcycle gauge cluster is directly ahead of the driver and there is a CD player to provide entertainment on the move. One of my favorite features is the wheel, which helps to reinforce the aeronautic feel of the Pulse.

The owner provides no engine photos, but the drivetrain configuration offers potential performance that would rival many sports cars. The Pulse features a rear-mounted liquid-cooled 600cc fuel-injected motor that started life in a Honda Silver Wing. It wasn’t unusual to see a Pulse with a 1,200cc Goldwing engine, but the one in this vehicle should be offering at least 50hp to the driver. If the builder has utilized the transmission from the Silver Wing, it should be an automatic unit. They would give the Autocycle the ability to produce a ¼ mile ET of around 15.5 seconds and a top speed of over 100mph. This Pulse is in sound mechanical health, although its reverse gear is said to be a bit hit-and-miss. Sometimes you engage it, and it works fine, while sometimes it doesn’t. That will be something for the buyer to investigate, but with parts surprisingly easy to find, rectifying this issue shouldn’t be difficult.

I know that this 1986 Pulse Autocycle won’t appeal to everyone, but there’s no denying that it is eyecatching. This one is number 187 out of the production run of 347 vehicles. What is astounding is that the survival rate has been extraordinarily high for a car of this type. It is believed that around 300 are still plying our roads, which is a long way above what you might typically expect. This one is a beauty, and I can’t help but think it would be a blast to own and drive. Before you dismiss it out of hand, it is worth noting that there have already been fifty bids submitted. That suggests that a few people like what they see with this classic. If you fancy yourself as the next Luke Skywalker, or maybe the latest version of George Jetson, your next vehicle awaits you.


  1. Rodney - GSM

    Reportedly, Jeff Bezos’ daily driver.

    Like 4
  2. JimmyinTEXAS

    I would like to see this in person and a wind tunnel.
    Maybe ride in it once, drive it not, so much.

    Like 1
  3. Steve Clinton

    Introducing the 2021 Claustrophobia 1000GT!

    Like 6
  4. Ralph

    Was at a car show over Memorial Day weekend. There were 3 of these on display. An interesting idea, but with our 100+ degree heat index, this is not a real comfortable ride for obvious reasons. Rear seat leg room looks almost non existent.

    Like 5
    • Dave Mazz

      You could probably stuff a laundry basket into that “rear seat” and carry a couple of supermarket grocery bags…:-) :-).

  5. Gerard Frederick

    Being a micro-car fan, especially Messerschmitt Karo 201, I like this. Strange, the lack of underside and engine photos, even more so the lack of useful info. I tend to agree, this will be an oven on sunny days and unlivable without air.,, of course Hionda powered means A-1 reliability and easily obtainable parts.

    Like 1
    • ADM

      It seems to be the latest thing, not showing engine photos.

      Like 3
  6. RoughDiamond Member

    @Steve Clinton: Your description is perfect! My initial thought was where’s the rest of the airplane!

    Like 2
  7. MattR Member

    I love it and I would love to have it. But it’s definitely one for rural roads less traveled. I think the guy changing lanes in his Ford F150 could definitely miss this in his side-view mirror.

    Like 3
  8. chrlsful

    consider @ 1/2 that price?
    Needs more interior rm or make it a single seat?
    Wanna few more cc.s too.

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