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Scandinavian Motorcycles

Danish Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built, Assembled or Distributed in Danish Regions

Notes on some of the rarer Danish marques

This page lists brands of which little historical information is currently available, many of them mopeds.
For a more complete listing visit the Danish Index.

A

Anglo-Dane
Manufactured 1912-1914
Built in Copenhagen by Hede Nielsens from 1912 to 1914 using Danish components
Source: Correspondence


B

Bantam
Manufactured by Angam Trading Ltd, Copenhagen in the early 50s.
Hilfsmotor. A bicycle attachment engine with an inverted cylinder, fitted above the rear wheel.


BBE
1954-1958
Manufacturer: Brdr. Bojsen, Esbjerg. Engine BBE 1955: A/S Minimotor, Horsens. Also used Italian Totaco engines built under licence in Denmark.


Berini
Manufacturer: Axel Ketner, Copenhagen. Engine: Berini.


BFC

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Manufacturer: Christensens Fabriker, Copenhagen-Vanløse.
Built BFC engines, cycle attachment engines, and a variety of mopeds and scooters in the 1950s.
Models included the Lynette moped, BFC Staffett, and Libelle scooters.


Brandenborg

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Hede Nielsens fabrikker A/S, Horsens.
Built a variety of mopeds using engines from SCO, Derby-Ferrari, Estlander, Teknik (Express) and possibly others.
Luxus 462 L, 462LT and 462S, all with Derby-Ferrari engines.
Sources: mo-ped.se et al

C

CFA

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Manufacturer: Claudi Fischer, Alborg.
Models include the CFA Speedway, Standard and de Luxe with a 48cc Zundapp Combimot engine, and Vulkan de Luxe with a 49cc BFC. The Speedway had the appearance of a modern motorcycle, with swingarm rear suspension and dual seat.
Source: mo-ped.se


Clipper Engine: SCO. Sachs.

Crescent Manufacturer of Crescent & Olympic Bicycles, Copenhagen. Crescent Moped Scooter. Engine: BFC.

D

Danilo see Grand

Darling Manufacturer: Evald Jørgensen Slagelse Cycle Bearings. Engine: BFC.

Derby

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Manufactured by Willy Johansen and A/S Motor and Autocykelfabrik, Aarhus
Derby had a close association with the Italian Ferrari company, with the engines and many of the other components produced in Italy.
The Derby engine was also fitted to the Brandenborg and Skylon marques.
Models: Derby Ferarri scooter, 2-speed. MG-60 moped.
Sources: veteranknallert.dk, mo-ped.se


Diesella

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Manufactured by Diesella A/S, Kolding, 1949-1970
Auxilliary bicycle engines, models 316, 318, 318/116.
Moped models: Special Standard, Special Luxury, Nestor, Juno, Special-Sports - all used 50cc Diesella engines.
Around 15 different models were built, and engines were sold to other manufacturers. Total production was in the tens of thousands.
Sources: stemplet.dk et al.


Dolfix Manufacturer: Claudi Fischer, Alborg. Engine: BFC-CFA

E

Elg
Manufactured by Poul Rasmussen & Co. Copenhagen (Elg - Möve)
Built mopeds powered by BFC, Sachs and SCO engines


Ergo

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Manufactured by RP Egedesø, Odense. 1951~
These were bicycle attachment engines (hilfsmotor) which were mounted beside the rear wheel using a rack, below which was the fuel tank. They were of German design built in Denmark under licence.
See also Everton

Estlander Motors
Manufactured by Estlander Motors A/S, Roskilde.
Estlander marketed mopeds and scooter-mopeds powered by BFC and Express engines, as well as their own Estlander engines which were supplied to other manufacturers including Radexi, Skylon, Brandenborg, Woller, Wittler and ASE of Finland.
They distributed Express engines in Denmark under the name Tecnik.


Everton
Manufactured by RP Egedesø, Odense.
Introduced in 1956, the firm built numerous models powered by Minarelli engines until 1978 when new laws killed the market for locally produced machines which were severely restricted in power output and appeared slow compared to imported machines which did not suffer so much under the new regulations.
Models include the 1958 Everton Turist.
The same firm built the Panther Bobby of 1955 (Zundapp engine) and the Ergo hilfsmotor.
Everton was purchased by Smith & Co in 1995.
Sources: mvkk.dk et al.


Express Manufacturer: NC Bang, Odense.
M 30 (M 20). Engines: SCO - Express (ZU).

F

Falke see Philbertz Gregersen
Falter see Philbertz Gregersen
FL Manufacturer: Fyns Luftringfabrik, Odense.

G

G.E.M.
Manufactured by Georg E. Mathiasen, Copenhagen, ca 1902~1910
Designed by Leon Cordonnier, they were built under licence to his company in France, Ixion.
The GEM engines were also sold to the Finlay Bros in Melbourne Australia, 1904-1909, and were sold under the GEM brand and later as the Barb.
Some 3000 engines were built, the last 600 of which were purchased by a Japanese businessman.
Source: Danish Motorcycles and Automobiles 1900-1920 (Danish title unknown), correspondence.


The Golden Star

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Manufacturer: Fyns Luftringfabrik, Odense. 1950s and 60s.
Used SCO, Estlander and Teknik engines.
The firm was absorbed by Smith & Co (SCO) in the late 1950s, and the brand name was retained.


Grand

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Dansk Cyklev√¶rk Grand, A / S, Nr. Åby, established 1891
Mopeds were built from 1955. They had a close relationship with SCO who supplied engines and frames, and in some cases complete mopeds which were rebadged. SCO later acquired the Grand factory in Aaby.
Grand models included:

  • Grand Junior K 320, SCO engine.
    Grand Minor K 322, SCO engine.
    Grand Sport K 308. Engine: BFC.
    Universal, BFC 2-speed engine
    Senior, BFC 2-speed engine
    Grand Knallert

Other models used BFC, Sachs, Derby and Diesella engines, some of which were very limited production.
Danilo.
Grand built mopeds using the Danilo brand powered by JLO engines slung very low in the frame, below the pedal crank, driving the rear wheel via a friction roller. A two-speed gearbox was operated from a tank-mounted lever.
Moped production appears to have ceased in the late 1950s, and the firm closed in 1974.
Sources: sco-klubben.dk, mo-ped.se


H

Heinkel Pearl
Imported from Germany by Bohnstedt - Petersen A/S, Copenhagen. The Pearl was built 1955-57.


HF

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Christiansen A/S, Aarhus - Randers - Aalborg. 1950s and 60s.
Sold mopeds including Universal (SCO, '65), Popular, Minor, Super, Speedway, Racer and Record (all SCO). The Speedway was also available with a two-speed Sachs engine..
Engines: SCO, Sachs.



Hunter
Manufactured by Nelleman & Drewsen, Frederikssundsvej 78, Copenhagen.
The Hunter Master M53 moped was powered by a 33cc Rabeneick engine from Germany.

I

ICM

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Manufacturer: I. Christian Mikkelsen, A / S, Horsens. ICM Engine: BFC

J


JLO Distributor: Nordisk Automobil-Tilbehør A / S, Odense.
Imperial See Philbertz Gregersen
Jawa Built in Prague, 50cc models were sold in Denmark, and probably others.
Jowa Poul Jørgensen & Co., Copenhagen. Hilf motor .
Juwel See Philbertz Gregersen

K

KH-Hapeco
Imp. / Fabr. Harry Petersen Eftr. Special Engine: BFC


King Fabr .: Erik Hansen & Co., Copenhagen. Engine: BFC

Kobenhavn
It seems likely that Kobenhavn rebranded Sun motorcycles. See Sun Motorcycles


L

Lambretta Built by Innocenti of Milano, these were sold in Denmark

Liberty
Built the Liberty Standard moped ca.1962 using engines from SCO and BFC. It had swingarm rear suspension and an unusual frame.


Lion

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Manufactured by FDB, Copenhagen 1953~1956
The Lion Speedway had a Rex 49cc engine, as did the Luxus.

M

Meteor
Manufacturer: A. Saabye, Snorresgade 15, Copenhagen. 1954~1967.
Models included the 1954 Metro and the 1967 Meteor with an SCO engine. BFC two-strokes were also fitted.


Master BFC engine L-14 (L-8)
MIK See Radexi
Mobylette Manufacturer: Knud Madsen, Copenhagen.
Mobylette Desir type A. Record Type D.



Monark Swedish brand sold in Denmark.
Mopedo see Philbertz Gregersen
Mustad A/S Folkescooter, Copenhagen, Hellerup. Engine: BFC. In Sweden they were built by AB Mustad & Son, Gothenburg, who used an AMO engine from Germany, as did the Norwegian distributor.
Möve Manufacturer: Nordsj√¶llands Cyclelager. Andersen, Hillerød. (Engine: BFC). See also Elg

N

NSU Importer: Fred. Rasmussen. Manufacturer: NSU Werke, AG, Neckarsulm.
Quickly. Engine: NSU.


O

Olympic Marques: Crescent & Olympic Bicycles, Copenhagen.
Olympic de luxe 55 (Olympic Spedway.). Engine: Rex.
Olympic de luxe 56. Engine: BFC manufacturer.


P

Panther
See Everton

Pilot Manufacturer: Brothers Westergaard, Copenhagen. Hilf motor .


Philbertz Gregersen
Bülowsvej 42, Copenhagen, 1950s
The firm was a major retailer of mopeds and cyclemotors in inluding Falke, Falter, Imperial, Mopedo and Stoewers Greif. Engines used were Zundapp, JLO and BFC.
They also sold a large range of spare parts and components for mopeds.
The Mopedo scooter had a Zündapp engine, and the moped a BFC.


Power
Manufacturer: Poul Jørgensen & Co., Copenhagen.
Sport de luxe (Sport Standard.). Universal Standard.


Presto

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En Gros sales Zealand: Piil & Brokholm, Slagelse.
A Gros sales Fyn, Jutland: A / S Sønderdal Nielsen, Veijle.
Presto 55 H and 55 D. Engine: BFC
Presto 56 RH and 56 RD. Engines: Rex and BFC
Presto 256. Engine: BFC.


Puch General Representative: OE Andersen, - Minerva. 50 MSL. Engine: Puch.

R

Phänomen
Importer: Erik Hansen & Co., Copenhagen .


Radexi

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Built by Weiling & Søndergaard & Sønner A / S, Arrhus.
Engine: Estlander.
Søndergaard & Sønner also built the 1954 MIK which was fitted with a BFC engine.
Possibly related to the German Express

Regent De luxe Engine: SCO

Remmington Engine: SCO

Rex Dansk Cykle Industri A / S, Copenhagen.

S

SCO

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Smith & Co., A/S, Odense, founded in 1894.
Manufactured mopeds, beginning in 1954.
The firm built mopeds under the SCO brand using both their own 3-speed engines and 2-speed units from Sachs.
1956 range: SCO Standard, SCO de Luxe (Dame) and SCO de Luxe (Herre).
SCO engines were used by many other manufacturers including Grand of Aaby, whose factory they later acquired.
The firm was also well known for its bicycles, which were manufactured as late as 1984.
Sources: sco-klubben.dk, et al.


Skandsen Manufacturer: NC Bang, Odense. Engine: BFC 108

Skyland Manufacturer: Engine: Express

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Skylon
Manufacturer: Vilh. Nellemann, Arhus. Engines: Husqvarna , Derby and others


Solio Engine: SCO

Starley BFC engine

Starut Manufacturer: Fa. Star., Odense. Engine: BFC.

Stoewer Greif
See also Everton

Swell Esbjerg Cycle Storage, Esbjerg. Engines: BFC and SCO

T

Taarnby

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Manufacturer: Simonsen & Nielsen, Amager.
Built mopeds with engines from BFC, KTM and others.

Tomos Imported by Scandinavian Spare Parts Import A/S, Odense.

Totaco Hilux Motor - see BBE

Trent Engine: BFC and Rex.

Trumpet Manufacturer: REVA, Aalborg. Invalidmoped. Engine: Puch.

V

Vap Manufacturer: Dansk Cykle Industri A / S, Copenhagen. Mopeds

VeloSolex Manufacturer: Simonsen & Nielsen A / S, Copenhagen. Mopeds

Victoria Importer: C. Reinhardt A / S, Copenhagen V. Vicky Mopeds

Vidar Mopeds with BFC and SCO engines

Vulkan see CFA Manufacturer: Claudi Fischer, Alborg.


W

Walther Mopeds using BMA, BFC, Zündapp, JLO engines


Wittler

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Manufacturer: Hede Nielsens fabrikker A / S, Horsens.
Built during the 1950s by Hede Nielsens Fabriker. Used engines from VAP, BFC, Estlander, Express and others. There was a considerable variety of models. The same firm apparently built, or marketed, Wotan mopeds.
There was also a Wittler built in Bielefeld Germany prior to WWII with a very similar logo. See German Marques
Sources: Moped Archive, et al.

Wooler

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Manufacturer: Jyden. A / S, Alestrup.
Built mopeds using engines of their own manufacture, along with two-strokes from BFC, HMW and possibly others.
Models:

  • Wooler 149 Popular, Wooler engine.
    Wooler 149 G Special & Speedway, Wooler engine.
    Wooler 160 Special & Popular, BFC engine.
    Wooler 249 G Special, BFC engine.
    Wooler 349 G Special, BFC engine.

Sources: stemplet.dk et al.

Z

Zündapp Distributor: Claudi Fischer, Alborg. See CFA

Notes:
Rex engines see Rex of Halmstad

Sources include: mo-ped.se/knallert, stemplet.dk

Further reading: Danske knallerter by Willy Poulsen, and Under 50 kubik by Jens Jessen.


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