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Top Ten Defunct Motorcycle Manufacturers
Many childhood glory days of the 1960s and 1970s were spent aboard Rupp minibikes. In 1959 Mickey Rupp founded the Rupp Manufacturing Company in Mansfield, OH, where he and eight employees built Dart Karts. The next year he expanded into minbikes producing 1,000 in 1960. At the company’s height it was manufacturing upwards of 75,000 minibikes per year along with scores of Sno-Sport snowmobiles, ATVs and go-karts. Sadly, Rupp was forced to sell a controlling interest in his business in 1973 and five years later there was no saving the Rupp company, 1978 being its last model year. Motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists alike have an affinity for their childhood Rupps, increasing the collectable value of the various models produced. Rupp minibike models included the following: TT500, Roadster, Roadster2, Scrambler, Black Widow, Enduro, Chopper and a three-wheeler called the Centaur.