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Notes on some of the rarer Spanish marques
Between 1952 and 1973 almost 500 motorcycles were built by Gamot SA in Reus, Camp de Tarragona.
The story begins in 1945 when the 17 year old Sentís created a motorcycle from a disused DKW industrial engine and a photograph of an Italian scooter. By 1952 he had formed a company and had a presentable motorcycle, obtained finance from established businessmen, and entered production in 1955. He built mostly 125cc models using his own engines and those of Hispano-Villiers.
The firm also built agricultural equipment, and a small number of cars powered by a Reddis 250.
Manufactured in Mataró, Maresme, 1953-1955, these motorcycles were powered by a 175cc engine built in-house.
In 1955 and 1956 the Reina company built motorcycles and motocarros powered by Cucciolo, MYMSA, Villiers and its own engines. Located at 80-84 Mallorca Street Barcelona, the workforce included the manager, Antonio Casa and five others.
They also built the Junior microcar from 1955, powered by Hispano-Villiers 125 and 197cc engines. Only 16 or so were built and were distributed by the Marcom company.
Sources: vehiculosclasicos.com, OTTW
Manufactured by Manuel Peix from 1956 to 1960, the Rekord had previously been marketed under the Pony marque.
The motorcycles were powered by Gnome & Rhône 125cc and 175cc two-stroke engines.
Manufactured by Construcciones Mecánicas Rex, SA of Barcelona, 1953-1959
Built auxilliary bicycle engines, and complete mopeds. The machines were designed by Vilfred Ricart, an aviator and designer with a long and illustrious career who worked with the likes of Tazio Nuvolari and Enzo Ferrari.
Rafael Mira, an established dealer in automotive and agricultural equipment with premises at 8 Avenida de José Antonio, Valencia.
Setter built motorcycles for the firm badged as RMH in the 1960s powered by Hispano Villiers engines of 125cc and 197cc. Around 750 machines were produced.
Sources: wikipedia.es, et al.
Manufactured by by Jesús Roig Martí in in Meliana, Horta Nord 1940-1948
Believed to be the first Spanish motorcycle built after the end of the civil war, it used a converted stationary engine mounted on a bicycle frame. Around 20 were built, four-strokes of 74 and 125cc.
Sources: wikipedia.ca, et al.
Manufactured in Madrid 1951-1957
The firm's first production model was a 125cc scooter which did not do well when Vespa arrived a year or so later. This was followed by a number of motorcycles, the first a 125cc model designed by Bruno Hettore who left to form the Aster company.
The motorcycles performed well on the racetrack and during this period won more races than Montesa.
A 250cc machine was on the drawing board when the company failed in 1957. The firm reappeared shortly thereafter at the same address under the name Trimak.
The Rovena was a Sanglas product created to counter the slump in motorcycle sales caused by the increasing popularity of cheap cars, notably the SEAT. With a name derived from the Italian city of Verona, the machines were produced in three 250 versions: the Reuben 250 and the Reuben 250 Sport, powered by Hispano Villiers 249cc twin-cylinder engines, and a 325cc model.
Sources: wikipedia.ca, et al.
Industrias Ruter was established in Figueres by a Frenchman who had been bansished from France during the Great War. Motorcycle production took place between 1952 and 1959, the machines having 90cc and 125cc engines built in their factory.
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