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German Motorcycles

Lutz Scooters and Bicycle Engines

A Brief History of the Marque

Lutz was a small manufacturer in the city of Braunschweig which had been building stationary engines since 1948.

Lutz held an engineering doctorate and had been employed as a Professor at the Technical University in Stuttgart (1936) and later at the German Aircraft Engine Research Institute in Braunschweig.

He developed an efficient bicycle engine which could be easily installed in any existing bicycle frame. The engine was a 58cc 2-stroke as authorities limited new designs to less than 60cc.

The engine was also used to power wheel-chairs, lawn mowers and all manner of stationary machines.

Other manufacturers including Goebel and Adria used this engine.

Lutz developed several motor scooters, examples of which competed in the ADAC Deutschland Rundfahrt reliability trial.

Lutz also developed and marketed a moped.

In 1956 the company ran into financial difficulties and was declared bankrupt

Professor Lutz was much later acknowledged for the work he had done relating to jet-engine and two-stroke engine technology.

Sources: JF



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