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Number Built: 1200

Brief History of the Marque: Bastert

Bastert-Werke, Gustav Bastert, Bielefeld-Heepen

Germany 1949 - 1955. Helmut Bastert's factory in Bielefeld, Germany built bicycles, mopeds and light 48cc-248cc motorcycles, but is best remembered for unusual Das Einspurauto (one-trace-car). These expensive and sophisticated scooter-like bikes had 150cc ILO [JLO] engines with three-speed transmission or 175cc with four-speed transmission. Some sources mention a 200cc ILO and others a Sachs 248cm. The body was fabricated from aluminium built up over a steel frame, aircraft fashion, and the wheels were solid aluminium.

The machine had an engine compartment light, Bosch ignition and twin taillights in teardrop design. The dash panel included an idividual light for each gear selected, and the rider's red leather-covered seat converted quickly to a dual seat.

The first prototype of this machine was stolen and never recovered. From 1952 to 1956 around 1200 units left the factory.

Adapted from a short article submitted by Hartmut Schouwer.

Bastert - Elegant and Schnell.jpg
Bastert - Elegant and Schnell
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Bastert Scooter

Thu Nov 26 2009
r.brauner at
Bastert Type B/SM 51 BJ 1952 147 cm3
Für diese Maschine benötige ich eine hintere Bremstrommel ,da
die Antriebsnoppen gebrochen sind.

Mon Apr 30 2007
andre.callens at
Recherche documentation technique
Bastert Werke - 125 cc
Bonjour, je restaure actuellement une moto Bastert Werke de 1952 (moteur JLO de 125 cc). Je recherche de la documentation technique sur le modèle.
Tournai (Belgique)

Tue Oct 24 2006
chavattov at
bastert scooter roller
i would like to buy a bastert scooter! if anybody could help me to find one?
could you also tell us, how many bastert scooter still exist?

i know that 1200 were made! it is aproximatively the same products of the rare american salsbury m85's scooter! but many of them still exist: about 100 according the usa club! what about ther bastert?
Lille, France

Wed Aug 02 2006
andre.callens at
J'ai une Bastert-Werke

Bonjour, je restaure actuellement une Moto Bastert-Werke de 1952 (Moteur JLO de 125 cc). Je souhaite recevoir une documentation technique (si possible).
Tournai (Belgique)

Robotrans: Hello, I currently restore a Bastert-Werke Motor bike of 1952 (Engine JLO of 125 DC). I wish to receive a technical documentation (if possible)

November 2, 2002
I have the bastert archive from zimmerman the former owner of bastert club and a moped bikes and a good bike from 49 and a few others --  Eveline -- ede.jong at

October 30, 2002
I bought today a lot of Bastert motorcycles and more is there a club ? -- mukutazwennis at

October 21, 2001
Dear Sirs,
I am going to sell my whole Bastert collection. Motorbykes, cycles, literature, spare parts etc. and a lot of other things around and related to Bastert. Please contact me by telephone or email as listed below.

Best regards,

Wolfgang Zimmermann

Trenne mich kurzfristig von allem zum Thema "Bastert". Vom Kinder-, Damen-,Herrenfahrrad, 50erMoped über 98er, 100er, 120er, 125er, 150er, 175er (restauriert, teilrestauriert bzw. zerlegt) über jede Menge Ersatzteile (Rahmen, Tanks, Räder, Auspuffanlage, div. Motoren etc.), Kartons Literatur (auch über Einspurauto) bis hin zu vielen, vielen Kleinteilen (Anstecknadeln, Fahrradenbleme, Poster, Original-Bastert-Kalender, etc. etc).

Zusätzlich an Literatur: Markt 1/80 - 7/92; Sonderhefte Markt 1-11 (84-91); Motorrad Classic 1-4/92; Oldtimer-Praxis 1/84-7/92; Motor Klassik 1/84-7/92; Mercedes Benz (2 Umzugskartons) aus den 60er - 90er Jahren;

Ferner: Elite-Diamant "88" Lastenfahrrad Bj. 1931, komplett restauriert, fahrbereit, mit Unterlagen und Literatur und Kleinteilen, Ersatzteilen, Original-Emaille-Werbeschild etc.

Möglichst komplett abzugeben, sonst nur in den Blöcken Bastert - Literatur - Elite-Diamant.


Kontaktaufnahme unter: 02151-895 947 (Mo.-Fr. 9-16) oder 0173 7063047 bzw. Email: w.zimmermann at

January 3, 2000
Wie Sie an meinem Nachnamen sehen können, liegt eine gewisse Verwandschaft zwischen den Gründern der Firma Bastert und mir vor. Ich hoffe, ich kann von Ihnen mehr über diesen Betrieb und vor allem über die Motorräder erfahren. Mit freundlichen Grüßen --  Thomas Bastert -- Thomas.Bastert at

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As you can see at my surname, certain distorting shank between the founders of the company Bastert and me is present. I hope, I can experience from you more over this operation and particularly over the motorcycles.  -- Yours sincerely -- Thomas Bastert -- Thomas.Bastert at

December 29, 1999
Thank you for the rare pictures!
What I know about the Bastert Einspurauto is that it was the most expensive scooter in Western Germany at that time and cost 1,960 German marks.  -- Yours -- Chris -- christoph gerlts  -- christoph at

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