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Motorcycles Built in Germany

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

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

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Adamy

Manufactured by Willy Adamy, Duisburg, Essenberger Straße 64a, 1960-1961

The three-wheeled light transporter model LT 4 was advertised with a load capacity of 0.4 tonne.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


Adma
Magdeburg firm built 169cc lightweights between 1924 and 1926. Evidence suggests they built a variety of engines supplied to other manufacturers including Joka.
Sources: de.wikipedia.org, motor-hist-foto.de


ADP
Manufactured by Austro Daimler Puch in Passau, Germany 1930-1938
Although referred to as ADP, most had the name "Puch" on the tank. The 1933 catalogue showed "Austro Daimler Puch" on the tank lettering and on the kneepads. There was little difference between the machines built in Germany and those from Graz.
Source: puchklub.at


Albrecht 1924-1955


All-Welt

Manufactured by C. H. Schmidt, Delmenhorst, 1926

The three-wheel transport-wagen was advertised in the "Fahrrad" magazine in late 1926, seeking potential dealers. It is not known if any were actually constructed, and nothing more was heard of the machine.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


Al-Ko Elestra
Manufactured by Alois Kober, Kötz, Zweigwerk Ettenbeuren, 1986-1987
Commercial three-wheelers with a range of 80 km and top speed of 60 kp/h. Four versions were available, including tipper tray flat-bed and passenger cabin.
Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


AMBAG

Manufactured by Automobil- und Motorradbau AG of Berlin which existed from 1923 to ca 1925, these were lightweights powered by 155cc SV Gruhn engines fitted to their own frames. It is likely that very few were produced, and in 1923 only.

Sources: Tragatsch p72, de.wikipedia.org


AMO

Manufactured by Aktiengesellschaft für Motorenbau, München, Hindenburgstr. 61. 1921-1924

Light motorcycles fitted with 146cc two-stroke engines of their own manufacture. They had belt drive and a rim brake.

Sources: nl.wikipedia.org, Tragatsch p74, motor-lit-berlin.de.


Amstea

Amstea AG in Berlin imported Evans machines from the United States between 1921 and 1924 in reasonable quantities, bringing the brand some popularity with German motorcyclists. Although their machines are sometimes referred to as the Amstea Evans, they do not appear to have been a manufacturer in their own right.

Sources: motosdoseculoxx.blogspot.com, et al.


Anfa Sidecars

Manufactured by Anhaltische Fahrzeugwerke AG Robert Krause in the 1920s

Established in 1901, the firm had constructed bicycles, winches and motorcycle engines. A fire destroyed the factory in August 1922. In the 1930s they made parts for Junckers aircraft, and they survived the 2nd World War.

Source: de.wikipedia.org


Apex
Manufactured by Apex Motoren GmbH, Cologne, 1925-1926
Built motorcycles using 247cc and 348cc Blackburne engines
Sources: Tragatsch p75


Apoldania
Manufactured by Hugo Ruppe, 1903
At the age of only 23 Ruppe produced his first motorcycle. It had a 2hp engine, single speed by belt drive, and was capable of 60 km/h - fast indeed in the day. He was a sporting man and did well in competition, and went on to build Piccolo and MAF automobiles.
Ruppe is best known in the motorcycle world as the designer of two-stroke engines for DKW and the creator of the Bekamo engine.
Source: apollo-werkeapolda.chayns.net


Argul
Manufactured 1923-26 by Arwed Gulentz of Cologne
Built motorcycles using two-stroke engines from DKW, Kurier and Bubi, and four-strokes from Albi in capacities of 146cc to 198cc.
Sources: Tragatsch p76, motor-hist-foto.de


A & R
Manufactured by Anton & Richter G.m.b.H.
Brake-Westfalen, 1922-1925
Advertised a two-stroke engine.
Source: motor-lit-berlin.de


Aretta

Powered by a Zundapp 48cc engine, there is very little information available about this scooter other than a sales leaflet from 1954 which reads "MEGA Kleinroller Gebr. Mühlbacher Augsburg, Frauentorstr. 53"

Source: motor-lit-berlin.de



Ari
Manufactured 1924-25 by Ari motorfahrzeugbau GmbH, Plauen, Vogtland
Built motorcycles using 147cc two-stroke engines from DKW
Sources: Tragatsch p76, motor-hist-foto.de


Aria


Arki Seitenwagen
Manufactured by Stoye and rebranded, it is believed. The chassis and components are mostly identical to Stoye. Origin of the body is unknown.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de


Attila

Manufactured by Attila Fahrradwerke AG of Dresden

Built in 1900 and 1901 their only model was a two-seater tricycle was powered by an Aster 2.5 or 3hp engine.

Source: de.wikipedia.org



Autofix

Manufactured by Mertiny K.-G., Berlin-Reinickendorf-West, Eichborndamm 85/87, 1949-1953

Ernst Mertiny began construction of his commercial transport scooter in early 1949 and presented it at the Berlin Motor Show (Berliner Automobil-Ausstellung) in 1950. Around 200 of these were constructed in the small factory with 30 workers.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


Autoflug
Manufactured by Autoflug OHG, Berlin, 1921-1923
The firm built machines with a long, open chassis and small wheels, rather like a scooter. They also produced motorcycles designed by Egon Weitzel fitted with Bekamo two-stroke engines of 130cc.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


Avola
Manufactured by Avola Industrie & Handelsgesellschaft GmbH at Albertstrasse 8, Leipzig in 1924-1925.
Using engines from DKW of 145cc and 173cc, and frames from Defa, the motorcycles were built for just one year.
Source: motorräder-aus-leipzig.de


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German Resources

Notes
motor-hist-foto.de and das-leichtmotorrad.de are the same.