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A Brief History of the Marque

Achilles Werke, Weikert & Co., KG, Wilhelmshafen
Manufactured in West Germany 1953-1957

The Achilles factory of Weikert & Company was located in Wilhelmshaven in northwestern Germany. They produced scooter-like bikes with 147cc and 174cc Sachs two-stroke engines which had a four speed gearbox with foot-change gear lever and a neutral selector switch on the handlebars. The chassis had 8 inch wheels, telescopic front forks and swing-arm rear suspension.

At some point 48cc mopeds were added to the production line. Production ended in 1957, and Norman in England bought the production tools.

Achilles Lido

The smart Achilles Lido moped from Germany is to be marketed in Britain. "The styling is modern: steel pressings are used extensively and the pivot-mounted 47 c.c. Sachs two-speed engine-gear unit is largely concealed by steel fairings which extend rearward to shield the transmission. Telescopic rear-suspension units are employed. On the main spine member of the fabricated frame sits a 1.1-gallon fuel tank which has a reserve supply. The rear end of the spine curves over the rear mudguard and terminates in a combined lock-able tool box and carrier.


ANNOUNCED in our issue dated February 7, the "streamlined" German Achilles "Lido" mo-ped is to be listed at 75 guineas. Claimed to be capable of covering 200 m.p.g., and fitted with a 49 c.c. Sachs two-stroke engine, the model was introduced at a reception held last Thursday at Browns Hotel, W.I, by Currys, the well-known cycle and accessory dealers who are importing the machine. It is on display at each of the 270 branches of the company throughout Britain, where spares will also be obtainable.

Motor Cycling, February 21, 1957.

1) There was also an Achilles motorcycle built in Czechoslovakia. Achilles CZ
2) According to a Dutch source, the Czech proprietor emigrated to West Germany in 1953, but it seems more likely that the reference is to the "Germaan" marque.

Sources: Tragatsch p68, Hartmut Schouwer, The Motor Cycle, Motor Cycling, icenicam.org.uk

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Sun Feb 12 2017
freekenanita at kpnmail.nl
Vragen over een Achilles Lido
Achilles Lido

Questions about an Achilles Lido
Best moped Hello friends,
Two weeks ago I managed to get an Achilles Lido standing in a storage box in Rotterdam.
After seeing this, I would like to gather as much information as possible to bring the restoration to a successful conclusion.
The frame is in good condition but there is also missing some components such as the front cover for the headlight and special caps around the engine
Please let me know if ermensen that can help with advice herein, or how we recreate the special caps
In short, a lot of work but I see it as a challenge to do this.
I like to hear and awaiting your response I remain Yours sincerely,

Hallo Best bromfiets vrienden,
Twee weken geleden heb ik een Achilles Lido weten te bemachtigen die in een opslag Box in Rotterdam stond.
Nu ik deze heb wil ik graag zoveel mogelijk informatie verzamelen om de restauratie tot een goed einde te brengen.
Het frame is in een goede staat maar er ontbreken ook een aantal onderdelen van zoals de voorplaat voor de Koplamp en de speciale kappen rondom de motor
Graag hoor ik of ermensen zijn die hierin kunnen helpen met adviezen, of hoe we de speciale kappen na maken
Kortom veel werk maar ik zie het als een nieuwe uitdaging om dit te doen.
Ik hoor graag en in afwachting van jullie reactie verblijf ik met vriendelijke groet,
Freek Smits

Sat Apr 28 2007
mariocarrapeta at hotmail dot com
Achilles Ami
dears sirs,
My name is Mario and my father have a SACHS 175cc Sport Achilles Ami
Year - 1935.
she as been 18 years stoped on garage. When i had decide to search the moto i put gas and i started the motor. At the second time she started.
Well i'm very happy to know my moto is the best of the world.
I don't sale for any anything. If you have any information about this moto please contact me, because i want learn more about her.

In this moment i haven't photos of my moto, i send to you soon.

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