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 by Lambretta Locomociones S.A. 1953-1989
Florencio Irigoyen Berrondo established the firm in Eibar, Guipúzcoa, and moved the facilities to Amurrio in 1984.
The factory produced Lambrettas similar to the Italian models. In 1967 they began building Honda mopeds under licence and continued to do so until 1978, when the arrangement with Honda ended. Workers from the company along with a major shareholder formed a new concern, Orbar, in 1985. It was not successful.
The L.B.M. was a prototype built by Luis Bejarano Murga (1900 - 1993) around 1943.
Bejarano was a successful competitor in the 1920s and worked with the Douglas firm in Bristol. In the early 30s he imported Douglas machines with the aim of manufacturing them in Spain, a project which was curtailed with the advent of the Spanish Civil War. In 1947 he founded Lube.
Sources: wikipedia.es, et al.
Manufactured by Triciclos Lifante in Barcelona and L'Hospitalet de Llobregat 1953-1966
Usine 197cc Hispano Villiers engines the firm built motorcycles, tricycles and motocarros in fairly limited numbers, rarely exceeding 20 or 30 units per annum.
This was quite creditable, given that the founder, José Lifante, was wheelchair bound. The firm focussed on disability vehicles, and although the motorcycle-related product vanished from the catalogue, the firm continued in the same vein. In 2005 a substantial stake in the company was purchased by the German company Meyra, long established in the field.
Manufactured in Barcelona by José Sugrañés, 1924~1925
The firm was the importer of Lutetia auxiliary bicycle engines from France, and built a complete motorcycle of the same name using the French engine. No more than 25 were built of which only one remains, on display at the Barcelona museum.
Source: Barcelona Motorcycle Museum
N.B. For other marques with the name Lutetia or Lutece see Disambiguation
In 1948, at the age of 18, Lorenzo Zabala developed an auxilliary bicycle engine, a 59cc two-stroke mounted within the frame's triangle. Before long he was producing 8 of these per month, and went on to form a company - Motobic.
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