Founded in 1888 by Gustav Hiller in Zittau, Germany.
Hiller began importing Rover bicycles from England in the 1890s, and was soon building his own in a factory established for the purpose. His first motorcycles appeared around 1900.
In 1907 they produced their first 3-wheeler called the Phanomobil, which was sold in Great Britain in 1908 along with their motorcycles. Versions of the three-wheelers were produced for some 20 years, many being sold to both the German and Swedish governments for their postal services.
During WWII they built Granit trucks for the Wehrmacht. At the time there were around 3000 people employed by the factory.
The company is believed to have been acquired by the Meister concern in 1950, however Phänomen motorcycles advertised in the 1950s included the Tourenrad Moped S 50, along with 150cc and 175cc machines. The Typ 75 had a Sachs 147cc engine.
Sources: JF, period literature, correspondence.
mauricehadid at hotmail.com
i have an old motorbike
I believe it is a Phanomen Bob. founded in my grandpap storage.
Victor Brumby (via Disqus)
I have a photo album generated by a Dutchman passé, which contains various photos and sketches of interest to me because I catalogue international numberplates.
Sometimes they are shown on vehicles of their period; having read ‘Phanomen’ on this one, I looked it up and was brought to you by the magic of Google….
There is also a 3-wheeler, which I believe they made too - this may be one?? And a later pic of a 'Granit 25' car outside the Phanomen works, by the look of it.
Registration code 'I 'was the code for Bautzen in Saxony - perhaps where they were made??
I hope they’re of interest to you.
Victor Brumby, Streatley, Berks.
Thu Apr 13 2017
kim_leachman at yahoo.co.uk
Thought you may be interested in my new we page? phanomobil.co.uk
Phanomobil image posted in the gallery
Thu Apr 12 2012
Hi Iv recently inherited a phanomen bob and am looking for any info about them as I can't find much on the net, also any advice on getting a valuation for insurance
Sat Mar 13 2010
Phanomen Ahoi 125 parts wanted
Phanomen Ahoi 125ccm parts (frame, brake pedal, mid-stand, electric horn, tail light) wanted.
Fri Dec 08 2006
andreas at leondesign.de
from 1900 to 1945
Hello, i come from germany. My father and i have show the users of www a good directory of Phänomen Motorcycles! The url is www.oldtimer-freunde.info  ; the kategorie is Fahrzeuge & Firmen and then Phänomen! Come to us and check our history!!
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