Motorcycles Built in Germany (E)

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

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


Manufactured by Ernst Baumeister & Sons, Berlin, 1920-1930 (or '31)
Single cylinder motorcycles of 198cc to 496cc and a 796cc side-valve V-twin were produced. In 1928 they released a machine with a 198cc Villiers engine. They also built commercial 3-wheelers.
The EBS 198cc four-stroke engine (70x60 b/s) appears to be the same unit fitted to Defa, Charlet, Gruhn, Cambra and others. It is possible that the EBS 200 engine was actually built by Richard Gruhn.
N.B. An Austrian official record indicates that an EBS was first registered in 1920.
Sources: Tragatsch p124;

Built by Eber Motorradbau, Eibau (Sachsen), 1924-1928
Used 347cc and 497cc Blackburne engines, and late in the piece Küchen.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Lightweights using
Bekamo engines, probably 139cc.
Source: Tragatsch p125

Built 142cc 1.5ps two-stroke motorcycles. Limited production.
Source: Tragatsch p125

Manufactured by Emil C. Kretzschmar, Berlin, 1924-1925
The Eceka light motor was offered with the option of a 145cc or 173cc engine produced by Richard Gruhn of Berlin, with component parts from Charlett and Kurier. The frames were apparently from Gruhn's brother Hugo who supplied many other Berlin motorcycle manufacturers.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p125

Hugo Eckl built bicycle attachment engines and later a 198cc ohv engine which powered his own lightweight motorcycles.
Source: Tragatsch p125

Manufactured by Eisenwerke Gaggenau AG, 1923-1926
The 250 and 350c models had engines of their own construction with two-speed gearboxes, very heavily ribbed cylinders and alloy cylinder heads. Although the EGA was one of the best two-stroke engines of the time, it was never built in significant quantities. In 1926, the EGA production was discontinued. Remaining stocks came on the market at Eichler & Co. in Munich under the name Gaggenau, according to GTU, but Eichler & Co. were in Berlin so perhaps it was a company branch.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured 1929-1932
Willy & Josef Eichelsdörfer, Nuremberg
Constructed motorcycles using smaller JAP ohv (and possibly sidevalve) engines and Burman gearboxes along with other British components including Druid forks. They were hand-built and apparently of very good quality.
Source:, Tragatsch p125

Manufactured by Eisenhammer AG, Thalheim, 1922-1926
Built motorcycles with DKW two-stroke engines of 206cc and 225 cc. The name Eisenhammer means "iron hammer", and it is believed two of these machine still exist.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured by Ing. Erhard Brandis of Berlin

Tricycles built from 1908 to 1914, these were elongated motorcycles with the rear wheel replaced with an axle and two wheels, a bench seat above. The handlebars were replaced with a long steering lever. Later models looked more like motor cars, and single cylinder and v-twin engines of up to 498cc were employed.

Source: wikipedia/de

  • Elfa

  • Elfe
    Manufactured by Alexander Sachse, Motor-Fahrzeug-Bau GmbH in Leipzig 1923-1925 [1]
    Motorcycles with their own 200cc engines graced these stylish luxury machines with pressed-metal frames and forks. There were at least two models, one a single speed and the other a two-speed with kickstarter. Also marketed as Elring, they did not achieve market penetration in the highly volatile economic climate.
    Notes. 1. At least one source gives the location as Dresden, but advertising of the day states Leipzig.
    Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, motorrä, Tragatsch p125.

    Manufactured by Elite-Diamantwerke AG, Brand-Erbisdorf, 1903-1940
    The Elite brand was a descendant of the Diamant brand, which had been available since 1903. After the merger of the two companies into the Elite-Diamantwerk in Brand-Erbisdorf, the motorcycles constructed by Krieger and Gnädig were created there with Kühne and JAP engines.
    Tragatsch says that Opel acquired the company in 1929 and the Neander-designed motorcycles were built there. These were subsquently renamed EO (Elite-Opel).
    After 1931, the factory only produced Diamant brand motorcycles with 75cc Sachs two-stroke engines.
    See also Diamant
    Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p126.

    Built light motorcycles powered by 197cc engines designed and built in-house.
    Source: Tragatsch p126

    Manufactured by Erlanger Motoren Aktiengesellschaft of Erlangen 1923-c1932
    Early in the piece the brand name was changed to Ermag
    Designed by Albert Roder, who is also credited with the Ziro and the NSU Max, the firm produced high-performance OHV engines with hairpin valve springs.

    Built in Leipzig around 1924, these were lightweight motorcycles advertised as Leichtkraft-Räder and fitted with engines of up to 200cc.
    Source: motorrä

    E.M.W. (Leipzig)
    Manufactured by E.M.W. Motor-Transportwagen-Werk of Leipzig, from 1926 to 1929.
    Built commercial tricycles in small numbers.
    Unrelated to the EMW marque established after WWII during the Russian occupation.
    Source: motorrä

    1924-1925. EMWE Motoren-Gesellschaft, Stettin, Barnimstraße 17. Built motorcycles using a welded box frame fitted with a 293cc two-stroke engine of their own design.
    Sources: Tragatsch p127,

    Manufactured by Erle & Nestler AG, Maschinenfabrik, Nuremberg, 1924-1926
    Built motorcycles powered by their own 248cc and 348cc two-stroke engines which had water-cooled cylinders and air-cooled cylinder heads. Chain drive via two-speed and three-speed gearbox was adopted in 1925. The engines were designed by Theo Steininger.
    In 1925 they acquired Sept & Unger and built a few machines under that brand.
    NB. GTU gives dates of 1923-1925
    Source:, GTU Oldtimerservice, Tragatsch p127

    Manufactured by Gustav Engel Söhne, Motorfahrzeugbau, Merseburg
    Production began in 1925, just as hyperinflation began to bite, of comparitively expensive 350cc machines with engines from Kühne. As did a large number of other small manufacturers, the factory closed the same year.
    Engel is German for Angel.
    Source:, Tragatsch p127 (referred to as Engee)

    EO (Elite-Opel)
    1930-1931 or 32.
    Very similar in appearance to the Opel, it used a Duralumin frame designed by Newmann-Neander fitted with 348cc and 498cc ohc Kurchen engines. Very few were built.
    See also Elite.
    Source: Tragatsch p127

    Manufactured 1924-1929
    Fahrzeugfabrik Peter Pazicky, Schnieglingerstraße 321, Nuremberg
    Motorcycles were produced with sidevalve and OHV JAP engines of 293cc and 344cc via a 3-speed Sturmey Archer gearbox. Earlier models had belt drive, later models had chain drive with drum brakes front and rear. Saddle tanks were introduced in 1928, by which time they were building machines with JAP 600cc singles and 1000cc V-twins. Frames and forks were built in-house with most of the other components were source from Great Britain.
    An example is displayed at the Museum Industriekultur in Nürnberg
    Sources:, et al.

    Manufactured by Hilmar Linker at Jägerstraße 15, Leipzig-Gohlis from 1924 to 1925.
    A motorcycle with a 346cc ohv single-cylinder engine was produced but it was of awkward design and did not fare well in the marketplace. Linker-built 250 and 350cc machines competed in events such as the Marienberger Dreieck.
    Sources: motorrä,

    269cc two-stroke machine built in small numbers.
    Source: Tragatsch p127

    Built a modest numbers of DKW-powered 145cc two-stroke machines.
    Source: Tragatsch p127

    Manufactured by Erlanger Motoren Aktiengesellschaft, Erlangen-Buckenhof (near Nuremburg), 1923-1930
    Built two-stroke models with rotary valve and stepped pistons, the first of which was a 250cc unit-construction engine designed by Albert Roder who later gained fame working with NSU. A 500cc sidevalve model appeared in 1928, the U 500. The marque did well in competition, ridden by Perl, Bittorf and Hieronymus.

    Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice,

    Ernst Eichler
    After falling out with other members of the firm, founder Ernst Eichler left Eichler & Co to start his own company around 1923. The financial crisis struck two years later and both companies went under along with some 150 others.
    Source: Wikipedia NL


    Manufactured by Ernst-Werke Motorenbau, Breslau, 1926-1930

    Initially named Ernst in 1926, in 1927 they adopted MAG engines of up to 1000cc displacement. They did well in competition using 350 singles and 500 V-twins ridden by Landolph Rhode, Edgar Kittner and Orlindo Geissler.

    Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

    Engine builder who supplied 130cc and 160cc two-strokes to firms such as GE MA HI, JOKA, ERAD and others in the mid-1920s.

    Manufactured 1923-1925, Nuremburg
    The firm built motorcycles with 298cc two-stroke engines and belt drive.


    Manufactured by Adolf Esch, Cologne, 1927-1930
    Adolf Esch, who had raced Chater-Lea and KBM machines, built sports and touring motorcycles to order using 250cc to 500cc engines from JAP, Blackburne and MAG. He also built racing machines which did quite well. Adolf died of an illness in 1941 and the workshops were destroyed during the war. Post-war the family continued in the automotive trade into the early 1970s with Anneliese Esch at the helm.
    N.B. Sometimes spelled "Esch-Rekord"
    Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

    Manufactured by Speiermann, Weigel & Co., Chemnitz, 1934-1940
    Established in 1910, manufacture of bicycles began in 1924. The firm produced the motorcycle marques Esweco, Esco and Escona. Most of their machines were motorised bicycles of 60cc and 98cc powered by Sachs engines. Their 1939 Esweco sales brochure listed motorcycles with pedals or kickstarter fitted with Sachs 98cc and JLO 120cc engines, along with a Klein-Motorfahrrad 60cc JLO and Esweco-Saxonette with the 60cc engine fitted to the rear wheel. Most models had Damenfarrad or Damen-Motorfahrad versions.

    Their 1938 catalog was over 500 pages and listed all manner of automotive and motorcycle accessories, tools and equipment. Some 250 pages were devoted to motorcycles.

    Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, period literature.

    Manufactured by Europa Motorenbau, Munich, 1931-1933
    Max Vorbauer produced his first model in 1931 powered by a 98cc Villiers two-stroke engine. This was followed by the Europa 200 and the Europa 150 twin powered by Schliha two-stroke engines. They company did not have a sales network, production was limited. Max Vorbauer closed his business in 1933.
    Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

    Manufactured in Berlin 1924-1925 based on the Evans machine from the United States, but with several improvements and a larger engine. It remained in production until 1925.
    Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

    Designed by Eduard Voight, well-known as a writer for motorcycle journals, these light motorcycles were powereed by 146cc JLO engines along with those of their own manufacture.
    Source: Tragatsch p129

    Manufactured in Milspe, Westphalia, 1921-1924
    Ewald Brackelsberg, a cousin of Bugatti racer Karl Brackelsberg, produced a 550cc single.
    Their designer, Otto Karpe, went on to become a major player with Tornax.
    Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice,

    This small firm in Munich built 245cc two-strokes. Unrelated to the long-established Excelsior of Brandenburg.
    Source: Tragatsch p131

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