German Motorrad

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



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

Magdeburg firm built 169cc lightweights between 1924 and 1926. Evidence suggests they built a variety of engines supplied to other manufacturers including Joka.

Manufactured by Ade-Werk of Waltershausen
Established in 1920, the firm built mainly agricultural equipment. Between 1931 and 1933 they constructed Lastendreiräder (cargo tricycles).
German Motorcycle Resources, et al

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.

Albrecht 1924-1955


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


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,

AMO (Munich)

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.

Unrelated to the AMO marque of the 1950s.

Sources:; Tragatsch p74;


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:, 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.


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

Apoldania 1903

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,

A & R
Manufactured by Anton & Richter G.m.b.H.
Brake-Westfalen, 1922-1925
Advertised a two-stroke engine.


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"


Manufactured 1924-25 by Ari motorfahrzeugbau GmbH, Plauen, Vogtland
Built motorcycles using 147cc two-stroke engines from DKW. Prior to this they built small cars named Arimofa powered by boxer twin engines from Steudel-Werke.
Sources: Tragatsch p76,,


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: motorrä

Arthur Lincke
Manufactured by
"In the second half of the 1920s, the Arthur Lincke company sold more than 2,500 items and also began to manufacture express transport motorcycles („Eiltransport- Motorrädern “.)"
A photograph from 1907 depicts the shopfront with several two-wheelers displayed on the street in front along with 20 or so people, presumably workers. A large banner above the shop reads "Arthur Lincke", and a second one reads "Farrader". At least one of the machines appears to be a motorcycle, but the image is *very* grainy.
Another image shows their much larger new building in 1911 with the word "Motorfahrzeuge" - motor vehicles - a word which is used for both motorcycles and automobiles. The shopfront does not have doors large enough for automobiles.

Manufactured in Düsseldorf by Alfred Schwefringhaus in 1913-1914
Offered tadpole-style 3-wheelers in passenger and delivery vehicle (Dreirad-Lieferwagen) configuration. A watercooled four-stroke engine delivered power to the rear wheel by cardan shaft, and they reportedly had a 5-speed gearbox. The passenger version had tandem seats for two behind the driver.
The advent of war curtailed activities, and there are no surviving examples.
Sources: Oldtimerclub Lachendorf, Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive, et al


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.



Manufactured by Aufbau-Industrie Bremen G.m.b.H., 1925-1926

Built under licence from Borgward, the "Blitz-Karren" was a commercial three-wheeled cart driven by a DKW engine, with the driver's seat above the rear wheels. The machine required push-starting, and this did not contribute to its market success.

Source: Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive


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

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

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: motorrä

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