Notes on some of the lesser known Spanish marques
This page lists brands for which we currently have limited information. For a more complete listing visit the Spanish Index.
David microcars and cyclecars 1913-1957
Construcciones Meccanicas Derlan, Zarauz, 1953-1962.
The Sorazu brothers built a variety of mopeds and lightweight motorcycles fitted with their own engines modeled on the German Sachs at the Bastarrica y Sorazu (BASOR) factory in Zarouz, some 50km west of Bilbao in the Basque region. Models were available with dropped frames for ladies and clergy, the Gaviota had an enclosed engine and looked rather like a scooter, and the 125cc Gavilan of 1959 was quite conventional with a large chainguard and plunger rear suspension. Late in the piece a 250 was created, but few of these were sold. In total some 700 machines were built.
When the firm ceased production, one of the members (Antonio Azkue?) created a new brand, the Boar, and a further 198 of these were built by the Motor Unión firm in the years 1962-1964. They worked with Estampaciones Arregui, and fitted Derlan-Sachs engines.
Sources: OTTW, elcorreo.com.
Manufactured by Llobé SL of Barcelona, 1959-1961. The firm also made Betor suspension units.
The motorcycles were powered by a 125cc Barbacil engine built in-house under licence.
Diego Mendola of Elche built velomotors using Cucciolo four-stroke engines in the late 1950s.
In the 1960s they built light motorcycles under license from Elig, also of Elche. These had 14" wheels powered by the Hispano Villiers 125cc 12D engine, with an Albion 4-speed gearbox. 29 machines were manufactured in 1960 and 18 in 1961.
Sources: OTTW, et al.
N.B. Several motorcycle firms were based in Elche.
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