Italian Motorcycles

Astra History

Astra moto d'epoca

Attiva a Milano dal 1931 al 1953 ha sede in via Lanzone ed è stata fondata da Max Turkheimer, gia' importatore Ariel a seguito dell'avvento delle leggi autarchiche.

La motocicletta è assemblata usando principalmente componentistica britannica impiegando anche i motori Ariel 250, 350 e 500 e cambi Burman costruiti su licenza in Italia dalla Fiat.

Nel 1936 le moto Astra vengono interamente costruite in Italia dalla C.M. di Bologna impiegando motorizzazioni originali nelle cilindrate di 220, 350 e 500 cc. Sono realizzati anche motocarri.

Active in Milan from 1931 to 1953, Astra was based at Via Lanzone and was founded by Max Turkheimer, the Ariel importer.

The motorcycles were assembled using mainly using British components including Ariel 250, 350 and 500cc engines and Burman gearboxes built under license in Italy by Fiat.

In 1936 Astra machines were entirely manufactured in Italy by CM Bologna using the original engines in displacements of 220, 350 and 500 cc. They also built three-wheeled motofurgone and motocarri models including L307 and M499.



Three-wheeled motorcycle-based light utility vehicle
Synonyms: motocarro, motofurgoncini, motofurgone, motofurgoni (plural), triporteur, trimoteur.
Related to Forecars


Limited production continued from 1937 to 1940, and in 1941 they built 350cc and 500cc with both rigid frames and rear suspension. Production resumed in 1949 with 250, 350 and 500cc OHV models and a 125cc twostroke. At this time the factory was associated with Max Turkheimer. The factory closed in 1953.

Astra models included:
175cc 1933-1936
220cc 1935

250 250cc 1934-1937
500 500cc 1934-1937

Sources: Moto di Lombardia

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