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Elfe Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured by Alexander Sachse, Motor-Fahrzeug-Bau GmbH in Leipzig 1923-1925 [1]

Motorcycles with their own 200cc engines graced these stylish luxury machines with pressed-metal frames and forks. There were at least two models, one a single speed and the other a two-speed with kickstarter. Also marketed as Elring, they did not achieve market penetration in the highly volatile economic climate.

1. At least one source gives the location as Dresden, but advertising of the day states Leipzig.
2. There was an Elfe cyclecar manufactured in France by Les Ateliers Defrance Fréres between 1920 and 1925.

Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, motorrä, Tragatsch p125.

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