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. They also built Otav cyclecars from 1905 to 1908.
Prior to building his own machines, 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 Stella marque of France.
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.
Junior and Otav Car Co.
117 Long Acre, W.C. Stand No. 300.
This firm are showing a number of the little "Otav" voiturettes, which have been previously described in The Review. Their great feature is, of course, their price, which is only 95 guineas. They have a 5 H.P. air-cooled engine, the cylinder being jacketed, and the air being forced through by a powerful fan. The engine drives by chain to a countershaft placed across the car and carrying a two-speed epicyclic gear. From the countershaft the drive to the road wheels is by " V " belts. The car behaved distinctly well in the Auto-Cycle Club run to York and back some months ago. We understand that the car is selling well, and it is certainly an interesting type of vehicle.
Max Turkheimer, son of Moses Turkheimer and Rosa Odenheimer was born in Muenzesheim in Germany on November 19, 1878.
Arrested in Lenno (Como), he was interred in Fossoli concentration camp in Emilia-Romagna. He was deported to Auschwitz on 26/06/1944.
He did not survive the Shoah.
1. OTAV - Officine Turkheimer per Automobili e Velocipedi
Sources: Moto di Lombardia, The Motor Cycle, nomidellashoah.it, et al
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