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Notes on some of the rarer Spanish marques
This page lists brands for which we currently have only an historical precis. For a more complete listing visit the Spanish Index.
Manufactured in Barcelona between 1924 and 1927 by Antoni Carbonell, a bicycle firm, these were fitted with 175cc Villiers engines. Production was limited.
These motorcycles were created by J. Cedrón in his workshop at Calle Montesa in Madrid using restored war surplus machines in 1951.
Luis Iriondo of Eibar, Guipúzcoa, built motorised bicycles named Cil and Super Cil using Terrot engines from 1948 to ca 1950.
Built by Carlos Sotelo Fernández of Palma in the Balearic Islands, this was a one-off based on a Lambretta LI 150. Fitted with two seats with upright backrests, it resembles some of the maxi-scooters built many decades later.
The machine survives in the Bassella Museo Moto of Barcelona.
Several other firms use the Centaur brand.
Sources: OTTW, et al.
José Bolinches of Valencia began producing scooters in 1948 powered by an OHV 250cc engine developing 8.5 CV at 4,600 rpm. The gearbox was of dual range type to better cope with steep inclines and rough roads. They were of decidedly unusual appearance and were presented at the 1953 Valencia Trade Fair in two versions, Touring and Rural, the latter having power take-off for pumps and the like, and a tow ball.
The influx of cheaper Italian scooters affected sales.
Cimera produced a number of three-wheel microcars and utility vehicles with a single wheel at the rear, tadpole-style. These were also marketed under the Boli brand. Manufacture ceased in 1955.
Colibrí Timeless Scooters
Vicente Fulias established the Colibrí Timeless Scooters company in Vigo in 2016. Scooters were assembled using components imported mainly from Asia.
Avanti: 125 cc 4T engine, 2017
Carolina: 125 cc 4T engine, 2016
Motorino 50: 50 cc engine, 2017
Scooter 10: 50 cc engine, 2016
Vendetta: 125 cc 4T engine, 2017
In 2022 their website announced they were in liquidation.
Sources: OTTW, colibri.red, et al.
This velomotor of the 1950s was built in Valencia using a two-stroke engine with friction drive to the rear wheel.
Calvo Soleto Racing of Barcelona, was founded in 2004 Carlos Sotelo a Paris-Dakar competitor in the 90s with a number of good placings.
The machines originated in China, and the range included 125cc four-stroke scooters along with road and off-road motorcycles of 90, 125, 150 200 and 250cc, along with a variety of quads from 50cc to 500cc.
In 2006 he marketed a Paris-Dakar enduro machine under the name CSV
In 2012 an electric scooter was announced, to be marketed by a new company named Silence
CSR has a motorcycle design team, production facilities and warehouse operations in Barcelona.
Sources: OTTW, scootersales.com.au, et al.
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