German Motorcycles

Corona Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufacturer: Fahrradwerke & Metallindustrie AG
1902-1909, 1923-1924 (1)

Founded in 1891 by Adolf Schmidt, the company made its name with bicycles.

Built in Brandenburg, early model Corona motorcycles were powered by Antoine and Fafnir engines as well as their own in-house engines which may possibly have been ZL-licenced units.*

After the first war motorcycle production was briefly resumed with machines powered by longitudinally installed 338cc HO twins (2), built in 1923-1924.

HO Twin

Horizontally Opposed Twin

Examples include BMW, Zundapp and Douglas HO Twins have conrods running on a common crank, with one on the exhaust stroke and the other on inlet.

In addition to motorcycles, Corona built utility tricycle vans and automobiles.

The company still exists, with the addition of Corona to its name.

1. Sources differ on the dates, with some giving 1902-1909 & 1922, and another 1904-1909 only. One source also mentions Zedel engines.
2. It is suggested that this was a BMW engine, and elsewhere that the engine was of their own manufacture.

Sources: Tragatsch, Wikipedia NL, GTU Oldtimerservice, brennabor-brb.de.

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