A Brief History of the Marque
José Mercader began building auxiliary engines before forming Construcciones Ferrusola SA in Madrid in 1953.
Production machines were offered in 1954 beginning with 125cc model powered by Hispano Villiers. The motorcycles differed little from the many other marques appearing at the time, but they proved durable and affordable. That year 100 machines left the factory, which had 100 employees.
In 1957 they released the JM 200 model with a 197cc HV 4 speed engine. This proved very popular for both solo and sidecar use.
The HX125 Helix model appeared in 1959 with deeply valanced guards and a protective grille exting from the rear guard to help prevent entanglement of women's skirts, particularly when riding sidesaddle as was still very much the custom in Spain. The chainguard was also fully enclosed.
A microcar venture began in 1956 but it did not enter production.
1. It appears that the company was owned by the family of Marta Ferrusola, wife of Jordi Puyol, president of the Generalitat de Barcelona.
2. A Helix is in the collection of Museo Guadalest
Sources: wikipedia.es, Tragatsch
Mon Jan 07 2008
mick at solannmick.org
Cofersa 1954, 125cc
Seen in Formentera,Spain.
Engine Villiers, made in ?
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