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.
Echave, Arizmendo y Cía, S.A. built lightweight motorcycles (mopeds) with 75cc engines from 1954 to 1962.
The firm operated from the factory of the former Fénix de Eibar arms company, where they too produced small arms.
Manufactured by Edeta Industrias Mecanicas, Barcelona, 1955-1961
Known as Semior from c.1951 to 1954 (SErra, MIró and ORtolà, who also built sidecars and three wheelers), the first Edeta models were quite similar and used the same Gnome & Rhône 175cc engine (built under licence by Altosen of Barcelona) before changing to Hispano Villiers.
Sources: Tragatsch p125, wikipedia.ca
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I have 2 Semior sidecars from Barcelona. I would like to know what models they are. Can send pictures
Manufactured by Motor Italia SA of Madrid, manufactured under license from Itom of Turin.
These were 48cc two-stroke auxiliary bicycle engines which could ascend grades of 6 to 7% without pedal assistance, with a maximum speed of up to 40 km/h depending on the friction roller which drove the rear wheel. A two-speed model was mooted but did not enter production.
Motocicletas Elig, 39 Marqués de Asprillas, Elche (near Alicante), built by Candela Mas Francisco, 1953-1966.
Built motorcycles using 123cc and 198cc two-stroke Hispano-Villiers engines.
Sources: elche.me, lasprovincias.es, wikipedia.es.
N.B. Several motorcycle firms were based in Elche.
Manufactured by Industria EDA, Elements d´Autotransport of Barcelona in 1956, a prototype was built based on the NSU Max using a Hispano Villiers 6M 197 cc two-stroke engine housed in a pressed-steel frame. It did not enter production.
This was a velomotor built in Figueres during the mid 1950s using a Mosquito engine fitted to a Gimson bicycle frame with a Ducson front fork.
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