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Schminke Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured by Schminke-Werk, Bad Wildungen, Fritzlar-Z├╝schen.

Richard Schminke had become the major shareholder in Pantherwerke in 1962.

Schminke purchased the Goebel company in 1975. Goebel had acquired the Meister company in the mid-to-late 1950s.


1953-54 Orion JLO single-speed or Sachs 2-speed
1953-55 Mentor JLO single-speed or Sachs 2-speed
1956-58 Forelle Sachs 2-speed - Forelle Sport Sachs 2- or 3-speed.

Schminke also produced bicycles, children's bicycles and scooters at that time.

Moped production appears to have ceased at the end of the 1950s. The companies were consolidated under the Panther International GmbH group, and have expanded considerably. They now produce in the order of 450,000 bicycles per annum.

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