Vintage Bumper Car in General Discussion Posted December 9, 2011 Steve, Here is one that we posted at The Old Motor. Reader Robert Cunningham posted the following about it:These children were driving an electric Custer Cootie, built by L. Luzern Custer of Dayton, Ohio. Custer’s production of miniature automobiles in a variety of styles began in 1920. The Cootie was their best seller, and many were wrapped with spring steel bumpers for use in amusement parks, as shown above. Hollywood stars were often photographed in Cooties at a large amusement park in Los Angeles; this photo may have been taken there. Custer later produced miniature Carrier trucks, Cabbie railroad engines, and small racers. They built electric wheel chairs for the disabled, and large motorized chairs to transport tourists over the grounds of the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair.