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Nestoria Motorcycles

Manufactured by Nestoria Motorenwerk GmbH, Solgerstrasse 6, Nuremberg. 1923 - 1931

In 1923, Nestoria purchased Astoria and later also built 350 and 500 class motorcycles fitted with OHC engines from Kurchen.

Johann Bischoff and Johann Pedall took over the company in 1926, and continued with the Nestoria name. In the late 1920s they built machines using 500cc and 600cc MAG engines along with those of Sturmey-Archer. Blackburne and JAP engines were optional. They also built three-wheel delivery vans fitted with 200cc MAG and 198cc Sturmey-Archer engines mounted above the front wheel, and heavier machines with 500cc MAG engines mounted in conventional fashion.

Despite good sales and sporting success the financial situation took its toll and in 1931 they closed.

Nestoria Models

Modell T: 1924-1926, 349cc, 5.5 PS

S 25: 1925, 346cc, 6.5 PS, 3-speed, chain drive

PW: 1926-1927, 344cc, 74x80, 8 HP, successor to S 25

Modell S: 1926-1927, 346cc, 8.5 PS, Küchen ohc

Modell B: 1926-1927, 498cc, 14 PS, Küchen ohc

MAG: 1927-1928, 496cc, 13 PS, MAG (ioe)

Lieferdreirad (three-wheeler): 1927-1928, 496cc, 13 PS, MAG (ioe)

MAG: 1927-1928, 598cc, 14 PS, MAG (ioe)

MAG: 1927-1928, 496cc, 16 PS, MAG (ohv)

Sta 200 1928-1931, 198cc, 5 PS, Sturmey Archer (sv)

Sta 500: 1929-1931, 497cc, 10.5 PS, Sturmey Archer (sv)

Sta 600: 1930-1931, 598cc, Sturmey Archer (sv)

An example of the Sta 200 is displayed at the Museum Industriekultur in Nürnberg.

Sources:, Axel Oskar Mathieu Archive

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