Italian Motorcycles

Turkheimer Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Italian Marque

Max Turkheimer began producing motorcycles in 1902 and is perhaps best known for the Moto Astra. The company was a main agent for Ariel, and concurrently advertised Moto Derad.

Prior to building his own, Turkeimer had been importing Hildebrand & Wolfmuller motorcycles since 1894, and manufactured Otav motorcycles and cyclecars before WWI.

It appears there may have been an association with the French Stella marque.

Alberico Seiling was Italy's general representative for Max Turkheimer. Francesco Vincenzo Lanfrachi of Florence worked with Turkheimer before creating his own business in 1913, and later created FVL motorcycles.

Sources: Moto di Lombardia, et al

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