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Motorcycles Built in Germany (C)

Motorräder Hergestellt in Deutschland: Notes on some of the rarer German marques

This page lists brand names beginning with the letter "C" for which we currently have only an historical precis.
For a more complete listing visit the German Index.

C

Cargo Cruiser

Manufactured by Dreiradbau, Saarbrücker Strasse 22-24, Berlin.

Olaf Lange established the firm around 1997. The Cargo Cruiser of 2007 is electric and pedal-powered with a payload of 250kg and is capable of 24 km/h.

Sources: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive, et al.


Carlos

Manufactured by Carlos Fahrzeugwerke GmbH, Kreiensen (Harz), 1924-1926.

Built motorcycles fitted with DKW two-stroke engines.

Bicycle firm, formerly Jagdrad, Burgsmüller & Sons Einbeck, later Baronia of Bielefeld. Operated from 1924 to 1925.

Sources: nl.wikipedia.org, motor-lit-berlin.de


Centaur
1924-25
Manufactured by Neu-Co Motorradbau, Forchheim, Oberfranken
Built conventional lightweights with 1.5hp engines sourced from Richard Gruhn in Berlin-Steglitz.
Sources: Tragatsch p102, wikipedia.nl.


Charlkron
1925-1926
Manufactured by Charlkron Motorradbau, Ohligs
Built sports motorcycles using Kürchen 348 and 496cc OHC single-cylinder engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p103, wikipedia.nl.


CL
1951
Manufactured by Compagnia Levante GmbH, Hamburg
Built 34cc mini-scooters in small numbers, 1951 only.
Sources: Tragatsch p104, wikipedia.nl.


Claes
1904~1908
Manufactured in Mühlhausen, the bicycle factory built motorcycles using Fafnir engines of 3.5 hp and 5 hp.
The owner's name was Claes Pfeil and possibly machines were also marketed under the Pfeil brand, as were the bicycles.
The original firm named Claes & Flentje was established in 1869 by Franz Theodor Flentje and Ernst Bernhard Claes, building sewing machines. Bicycle production began in 1889 and they built their first stationary engines around 1900, at which time the factory had over 1000 employees.
Bicycle production reached 300,000 pa by 1930.
Sources: Tragatsch p104, de.wikipedia.org, fahrradsammler.de.


CR
1926-30
Manufactured by Carl Rueff, 5. Bruderstraße, München, these were lightweight machines powered by Villiers 172cc two-stroke engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p110, das-leichtmotorrad.de


Cyclop
1922-25
Manufactured by established bicycle firm Cyclop Fahrrad AG of Elsdorf who built lightweights powered by 127cc to 198cc two-stroke and four-stroke engines from Kurier, Bubi, TeCo, Namopo and others
Sources: Tragatsch p111, wikipedia.nl.


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