Motorcycles Built in Germany (V)

Motorräder Hergestellt in Deutschland: Notes on some of the rarer German marques beginning with the letter "V"

This page lists brands for which we currently have only an historical precis. For a more complete listing visit the German Index.


Built motor bicycles and mini-scooters with 42cc two-strokes of their own manufacture, and light scooters using Moto 99cc two-stroke engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p288


Manufactured by Herrmann Dettmann, Berlin, Lindenstrasse 108, 1905-1908

A dreirad with a 3½ h.p. engine mounted above the front wheel, the Velomobil was constructed for goods delivery and as a passenger vehicle. At times sales figures were second only to the Cyclonette, which it resembled.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive

Fitted their own 246cc two-stroke engines into an open frame.
Sources: Tragatsch p290


Manufacturer: Klein, Schäberle & Co. Stuttgart, Böblinger Straße 92
Built sports machines using OHV Blackburne 248 and 348cc engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p293,

Volkswagen built at least two three-wheelers, one in 1986 and another in 2006, the GX3.

Motorised bicycles with 1hp and 1.75hp engines
Sources: Tragatsch p293

Manufactured by Berliner Kleinmotoren AG, Berlin, 1921-1924
The source of the 143cc engine is obscure, and the extravagent advertising claims about the lightweight motorcycle did not lead to strong sales.
There was also Voran-Automobilbau AG (founded 1926) which does not appear related.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, Wikipedia DE

Manufactured by Louis Voss of Bielefeld, 1921-1923
The firm, which was established in 1902 in the garment industry trading in sewing machines, offered their first motorcycles built by Göricke, apparently under the brand Lovos. These were followed by machines sold as Voss with the strengthened frames by Göricke and the engines from DKW mounted adjacent to the rear wheel. In 1925 Louis Voss moved into the automobile field as a Ford agent.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Manufactured by the Heinrich Vosteen company, Bremen, Buntentorsteinweg 82, 1925-1939

Lasten-Dreiräder (cargo tricycles) fitted with engines of 200cc or less, eligible for the tax-free class. Records show that 29 were freshly registered in 1936 and 41 in 1937.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive

Manufactured in Burgfarrnbach, 180km north of Munich, from 1922 to 1924.
The company built unusual motorcycles with concealed front suspension using 415cc engines (78 x 87mm).
N.B. There was also a V.S. built by Allright for the British market.

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