Motorcycles Built in Germany (P)

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

This page lists brand names beginning with the letters "P" and "Q" for which we currently have only an historical precis. See also the List of German Motorcycles.


Pan, and Everest
Manufactured by Konstruktor GmbH of Berlin, 1924-1926
The firm produced the Pan with a 500cc Kühne engine in 1924. The following year the brand was renamed Everest, but was basically the same machine. It is suggested that Rempp engines from GAR may have been fitted to the Everest.
The firm succumbed to the inflation crisis sweeping the nation.
NB. Everest is unrelated to the French marque of the same name.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Panther Fahrradwerke in Magdeburg, 1903-1909
The company acquired Brunsviga of Brunswich in 1907 and moved their operation to that location, ceasing production in 1909.
Another company of the same name appeared in the early 1930s. See Pantherwerke AG
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by August Paqué in Augsburg, 1921-1925
Powered bicycles of 140cc were built from 1922, followed by machines with with 185cc and 198cc OHV engines of their own manufacture. These engines were supplied to other manufacturers including Agon Ammon, Busse, KRS, N.H.S., Runge and Zürtz. There may also have been a 500cc motorcycle.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice, et al.



Manufactured by Patzner-Werke, Bad Mergentheim. 1954-56

Built mopeds powered by Patzner engines.

Models include Filou LK23, Mulus Solo-Roller, Cortina and 1956 Sport, the latter having the appearance of a motorcycle.


Paul Süße
Built at Josephstraße 33 Leipzig using F&S 98cc engines during the 1930s, around 60 of these were built of which only one remains.
Source: motorrä

Three decades before Velocette's Noddy Bike made it's indelible mark, Kurt Passow's Pawa appeared, ever so briefly.
Built in Klein-Stöckheim, the Pawa was chain-driven with a 226cc two-stroke housed in a sheet-metal monocoque chassis with interchangeable wheels.
In 1924 with inflation running rampant, and despite aid from Ernst Eichler, the business failed. Passow sold the patents and manufacturing equipment to Friemann & Wolf, who built the Per.
Source: François-Marie Dumas, et al.

Manufactured in 1922-1924* by Paul Victor Willke of Berlin-Reinickendorf, these bespoke motorcycles were powered by 492cc boxer twins from BMW. The firm also built automobiles.
*Wikipedia says motorcycles were built in 1921 only. (2018)
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Wikipedia DE, Tragatsch.

Fritz Gockerell entered an agreement with Johann Meixner to build the Pax, under which Meixner had the rights build the motorcycle if it was not completed by May 16th, 1918. Should the motorcycle be manufactured by a third party, the two partners should share the license profits. The name of the machine was changed to Mego-Motorrad (Meixner und Gockerell) and not long after that it became the Megola.
N.B. There was also a British marque, Pax Engineering

Built their own 132cc two-stroke engines which were mounted in lightweight frames.
Source: Tragatsch p247

Friemann & Wolf purchased the plans and plant equipment from Passow (Pawa) and renamed it the Per, using a larger engine and belt drive.

The Per was a considerably improved over the Pawa, using a larger engine with enclosed engine bay and substantial additional weather protection. Engine supposedly ran on a variety of fuels, from crude oil to petroleum. Two models, with optional two- and three-speed gearbox and chain drive to the rear wheel on later models.
It appears there may have been three models, using engines of 1.9ps, 3.5ps, and 8ps (344cc).
The machines failed to find a market in the dire economic climate of the times, and like hundreds of other motorcycle firms, the company failed.
The August Horch Museum has displayed the only surviving example, restored by the owner, Michael Lehmann.
Source: François-Marie Dumas, Tragatsch p248,

Built in Berlin by Henry Feilchenfeld from 1924 to 1926, the 170cc two-stroke machine is known largely from reports on its unenviable reputation.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Mopeds with engines supplied by Victoria.
Source: Tragatsch p248

Manufactured by Peters, Steingrüber & Co. of Berlin 1924-1925
Belt-driven lightweights powered by a 143 cc DKW engine.
Unrelated to the Isle of Man machine of the same name and period.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured by Engen & Auders of Berlin, 1921-1928

The Phantom initially used their own 148cc to 246 cc engines for their motorcycles and powered bicycles. In the mid 1920s, 173cc to 490cc JAP engines were also employed. The auxiliary bicycle engine was sold to many other manufacturers. These were 148.6cc, 55x70mm B/S.

Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Phönix (Phoenix)
There were two German companies which used the name Phönix
The first built lightweight two-strokes and was taken over by Ruhrtal-Motorradwerke R.M.W. of Neheim around 1932, who continued to produced the Phönix in a new factory built in Wenholthausen, Sauerland. See RMW.

phoenix logo

The second was built by Bruno Viertmann between 1935 and 1939, along with JLO-powered utility tricycles and lightweights with Sachs 100 engines. Viertmann's business exploits are well documented in the book Motorräder aus Bielefeld by Johann Kleine Vennekate.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Built motorcycles with JAP 490cc sv and OHV singles, and MAG V-twins. A 1925 brochure shows Sportmodell 498ccm ohv and Tourenmodell 498ccm sv
Sources: Tragatsch p250,

Manufactured by Pirol Werke GmbH, Dortmund
Pirol had absorbed the Schweppe company, and they also built the Miranda with 150cc Sachs and 200cc Kurchen engines.
The Pirol 1952 sales brochure shows a 200cc scooter with the headlight mounted well-forward on the frong guard, along with two scooter combinations. One has a passenger sidecar, and the other a caravan-shaped carry box.
See also Schweppe
Source: Tragatsch p211, et al.

Manufactured by Horstmann & Schwidde of Bielefeld, 1923-1925
The company built motorcycles with 143cc DKW and 233cc König two-stroke engines. It had long footboards, belt drive, a two-speed gearbox a rim brake on the rear wheel belt drive pulley.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Manufactured by Walter Postler, Niedersedlitz, 1920-1924
A scooter (Motorläufer) with a 225cc engine sitting behind the front forks, and later used a 246cc motor.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice

Built light motorcycles fitted 185cc Norman engines from England.
Source: Tragatsch p251

Manufactured 1910 - 1913
Premierwerke AG., Fahrrad & Maschinenfabrik (J.C. Braun), Wächterstarße 2, Nuremberg
Premier was founded by Messers Hillmann, Herbert and Cooper in Coventry. The Nuremberg branch was created in 1911 in company with Christian Braun. Shortly before the Guns of August the continental company moved to Eger in what was later known as Czechoslovakia. The factory there became the largest in the country.
The Nuremburg machines were powered by 250 class two-strokes and sidevalve four-strokes of 293cc and 348cc. See also Premier Cycle Co.

Built their own engines of 247cc with inlet and exhaust ports both at the front of the engine. Also built motorcycles using JAP and Blackburne engines 249 to 490cc. They also built minicars or microcars, and motorcycles for children with 98cc engines.
Arnold Stölting of Hamburg raced a 250cc PSW in 1927, near Rotenburg.
Source: Tragatsch p253,

Quelle Versandhaus GmbH, Nuremberg
In the mid-sixties the Quelle mail-order company Quelle sold lightweights under the name Quelle Bonance.
The Mars brand name was acquired by Quelle around 1958, and it may be that the Gritzner Monza was sold under the Quelle label.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice,

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