I got myself a Versa-matic. I don't know much about it but it looks like a really neat piece. I was on a waiting list and the guy was a no show so I got to go have a look. It is 1954. I got it from the original owner along with all the paperwork. It has a 2.5HP B&S and it runs great. It appears to be mostly complete along with original pull rope. It has a ton of pulling power I am impressed at that.
There are a set of small tires that came with it, they have a keyed shaft bore not sure what they go to. It looks like the owner has painted it and touched it up over the years. I am thinking of disassembling it and repainting it. I could leave as is also since this is the way it came from the original owner.
I think the engine was painted yellow but the air filter looks original black with original decal still on it. Should the engine be green? It appears to have the original spark plug in it too. I think the kill switch should be mounted on the handle bar not down below where it currently is. Tires are in perfect shape, not a single weather crack. It was stored for lots of years in a basement and sprayed with some sort of oil to protect it. The rims are still full of factory calcium chloride. They have a rust spot on both rims that need some attention, maybe remove the calcium, sand blast the rims and use rim guard.
I wonder if attachments are the same for the ride-a-matic. The hitch points look very similar. I think this will be a nice project that won't need a lot of mechanical work. Here are a few pictures of it as is I have not cleaned it up yet.