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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.

Otto 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, pumps and all manner of stationary machines.

Other manufacturers including Goebel, Delius 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. The first scooters appeared in 1949 and were of very basic construction, rather similar to the early Italian machines. Some 2000 of these 48cc machines were sold in 1951. The following year Luzt built a larger scooter with a 175cc engine, designed by W. Lieb. It was similar in appearance and retained the two-speed gearbox of the smaller model.

In 1956 (1) 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 engines and two-stroke engine technology.

Notes
1. Sources differ on date of cessation of production, FM Dumas giving 1954.

Sources: François-Marie Dumas, zabytkowemotocykleirowery.pl, et al.



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