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Spanish Motorcycles

Motos Made in Spain

Notes on some of the rarer Spanish marques

This page lists brands of which little historical information is currently available. For a more complete listing visit the Spanish Index.

A

A.Badia
Built by Antonio Badia in Palautordera, 1928, this was a 100cc racing motorcycle.
Source: OTTW


Abad
Manufactured by Triciclos Abad in Madrid, 1940~1969.
These were tricycles for the disabled powered by small capacity Moto Guzzi, Piaggio and Villiers engines.
Source: OTTW


Acedo
Manufactured by Autos Acedo in Madrid from 1941, this was a powered tricycle. Apparently only one prototype was built.
Source: OTTW


Achice
Manufactured in Murcia from the early 1950s until at least 1965, the firm built motorcycles and motocarro using Hispano Villiers engines. The firm was still in business in the same location in the mid 1990s.
Source: OTTW


ADP
Built in Madrid by Angel de Pozo in the 1980s this was a GP racer fitted with a Derbi 125 engine.
Source: OTTW


Aida
In 1955 production was planned for a motorcycle but it did not get to prototype stage.
Source: OTTW


AISA
Manufactured in Cervera, Lleida, the firm was founded in 1954 to built powered tricyles using engines from Iresa. These engines proved to be problematical and production switched to Hispano Villiers.

Source: OTTW


AJR
Built in La Garriga, Barcelona, these are replicas of famous racing machines such as the Bultaco TSS. The first machines appeared in 1994 and the company has thrived.
Visit AJR Motos


Alce
Scooters equipped with Narcia engines built in the early 1950s, probably in Girona.

Source: OTTW


Alonso
Built in the early 1950s, these were autocycles fitted with 48cc Ducati Cucciolo T2 engines.
Source: OTTW


Antras
Built in Barcelona by Bidaburu and Calvet, this was a bicycle attachment engine made in 1901. The partners then designed and built another larger engine which could run on any fuel, and this was fitted to their a number of automobiles they built. Production ceased in 1903.
Source: OTTW


Ardilla
Built in Barcelona by Industrias del Plata SA from 1950, these machines had 3 speed 125cc two-stroke engines believed to be manufactured in-house. In 1952 swing-arm suspension was adopted, and that year the company changed its name (or was purchased), moved to Madrid and the marque became the Raid, fitted with Hispano Villiers engines. In 1956 the company returned to Barcelona and continued to market the machines under the Raid brand.
Sources: OTTW, caferacerclub.org


B

Badia
Competition machines built by motorcycle racer Vicenç Badía of Barcelona using a Soriano engine from 1949 to 1951
Source: OTTW


Beneti
Motos del Sureste {SA} of El Palmar, Murcia reached an agreement with the Gimbernat brothers to take over manufacture of their Gimson mopeds. With relatively minor updates, the new Beneti marque was presented in 1983 in five versions, all fitted with 50cc Flandria engines.
Sources: OTTW


Bety
This was a rebranded Fénix moped fitted with a 48cc Iresa engine. It was marketed by a firm in Eibar from 1949 to 1950.
It is unrelated to the Betty from Doubs, France.
Source: OTTW


BH
Beistegui Hermanos built lightweights in Barcelona using Mistral engines from France, 1956-1960.
Source: wikipedia.nl


Bibiloni
Founded in Palma de Mallorca in 1906, A. Bibiloni SA was involved in many aspects of the automotive industry. From 1952 to 1960 they built mopeds with Cucciolo 48cc OHV engines, and later employed Mosquito cyclemotors. Some 1500 to 2000 machines were built.
Source: OTTW


BJR
Construcciones Mécanicas, Bantista Esplagues, Algemesi, 1953~1964.
Models included the XZ125 and VZ175, both with 4-speed two-stroke engines and swinging arm rear suspension. Introduced in 1955, they remained largely unchanged until the end of production in the early 1960s.
Source: wikipedia.nl


Blanco
This was a single-cylinder 500cc motorcycle raced by Francisco Blanco. In 1926 he competed in the "Cuesta de las Perdices", achieving second place at an average speed of 75.27 km/h behind the Douglas of Federico Salgado.
Source: OTTW


Blitz
Established in 1965 by Spanish champion Miguel Escobosa, Moto Blitz of Barcelona built modefied Montesa Impala 250 and Enduro 360 machines. The company is still active.
Source: OTTW


C

Cedrón
These motorcycles were created by J. Cedrón in his workshop at Calle Montesa in Madrid using restored war surplus machines in 1951.
Source: OTTW


Cil
Luis Iriondo of Eibar, Guipúzcoa, built motorised bicycles named Cil and Super Cil using Terrot engines from 1948 to ca 1950.
Source: OTTW


Cimera
José Bolinches of Valencia began producing scooters in 1948 powered by an OHV 250cc engine. 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 hitch.
The influx of cheaper Italian scooters affected sales.
Cimera produced a number of three-wheel microcars with a single wheel at the rear. These were also marketed under the Boli marque. Manufacture ceased in 1955.
Source: OTTW


Coronat
Manufactured by James Llobera of Inca, Majorca in 1955
This was a remarkably advanced machine for its time, a 200cc four-stroke. Unfortunately a disagreement between the partners prevented more than half a dozen machines being built, one of which is in the Bassella museum.
Sources: wikiwand.com/ca, Phil Aynsley
See also Coronat Gallery


D

Darlan
Construcciones Meccanicas Darlan, Zarauz, 1958-1960.
Built bicycle engines of 98cc
Source: wikipedia.nl


David
1913-1957
Established in Barcelona as La Fabrica Nacional de Cyclecars David, the firm built cyclecars until 1923, and then in 1939 began building electric four-wheelers. Post-war they built a variety of three-wheeled vehicles with a single front wheel powered by a 345cc two-stroke. Some were motofurgone style, and there was a 5-wheel version. Between 60 and 75 were built, production ending in 1957.
The firm was related to neither the Spanish David-ASB nor the Casalini David.
Source: OTTW


Dunjo
A. Dunjo built a 32cc two-stroke diesel engine in Barcelona with variable compression.
Designed as a bicycle attachment engine in 1952, it does not appear to have entered production.
Source: wikipedia.nl


E

Echasa
Built lightweight motorcycles with 75cc engines in 1957.
Source: wikipedia.nl


Edeta
Manufactured by Edeta Industrias Mecanicas, Barcelona, 1951-1960
Two-strokes with 147cc and 175cc engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p125, wikipedia.nl


Elig
Motocicletas Elig, Elche (near Alicante), 1956-1959
Built motorcycles using 123cc and 198cc two-stroke Hispano-Villiers engines.
Source: wikipedia.nl


Evycsa
Motocycletas Evycsa, Barcelona, 1954~1959
Built motorcycles using Fita-AMC 169cc four-strokes and Fita 175 and 250cc engines, also four-strokes.
Source: wikipedia.nl


F

Febo
Motocycletas Evycsa, Barcelona, 1954~1959
Built 125cc two-stroke scooters.
Source: wikipedia.nl


Fénix
Established in 1940 in Eibar, Guipuzcoa, the firm Echave, Arizmendi y Cia manufactured velomotors fitted with auxiliary bicycles engines.
Production of mopeds began in 1950 using engines from Iresa of 48cc and 53cc. In 1951 the Echasa 65cc model was presented. The last of these were built in 1954.
Source: OTTW


G

Gamo
Gamo engines were produced by the Parés brothers in Barcelona between 1950 and 1955. The 49cc and 65cc two-strokes were fitted to Gimson mopeds.
Source: Wikipedia


Gimson
Manufactured by Gimbernat Hermanos S.R.C. in Figueres
The business was established prior to WWI as a clockmaker and bicycle builder. In the mid 1950s they began building mopeds. At its peak, the original company had 100 employees, but faltered dramatically when the 1973 oil crisis hit and shortly afterwards when the Japanese companies began to flood the market. Under different ownership, the Gimson brand continued well into the 1970s.
Engines employed were Cucciolo, Villiers, Gamo, Flandria and Peugeot.
There is some suggestion that a small number of motorcycles may have been created in years before the Civil War.
Source: Wikipedia, amoticos.org, Tragatsch p147.


Gorrion
Motocicletas Gorrion, Barcelona, 1952-1955
Built lightweights using Sachs 49cc to 174cc engines.
Source: wikipedia.nl


H

Husor
Félix Huarte formed a partnership with Soriano and built a modified version of the Soriano Puma named the Husor. Soriano left the motorcycle business in 1954, whilst Huarte went on to create a new motorcycle named the Iruña 202


I

Iresa
Constructiones Meccanicas Iresa, Madrid, 1956-1959
Built motorcycles fitted with Villiers 200cc engines, and were possibly involved with the production of Hispano-Villiers engines.
Source: wikipedia.nl


Iruna
Manufactured by Industria Metalicas de Navarra SA, Navarre 1953-1961
Félix Huarte, who had previously built the Husor in partnership with Soriano, went on to create the Iruña, a 123cc two-stroke scooter using an engine built in their factory.
Sources: GTU Oldtimerservice, et al.


J

Jimbell
Jimenez Bello imported, probably without the knowledge of the authorities, British Bown and Sun lightweight two-strokss which he rebranded. Based in Málaga in 1953, most of the machines were sold in the Levantine region.
Source: OTTW


K

Kapi
Federico Saldaña Ramos founded the company in Burgos, and afte moving to Barcelona production began in 1950 with a 4-wheel microcar powered by a Montesa 125 engine.
The Kapiscooter was introduced in 1951, a three-wheeler using 125cc Hispano Villiers and 175cc Fita AMC four-stroke engines.
When produciton ceased in 1956, the remaining stock went to Pinguy.
Source: wikipedia.nl, autopasion18.com


L

Lutetia
Manufactured in Barclona 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


LZ
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.
Source: OTTW


M

MYMSA
P.O Torras y Bages, 29-33 Barcelona
Built 125cc motorcycles and three-wheelers (furgoneta) in the 1950s
Source: lamaneta.com


N

Narcla
Manufactured by Narcla Industries, SL., in Girona 1952-1964
Production began modestly with the 123cc 3A model, revealed in 1953, followed two years later with the 4A with a 4 speed gearbox. 3B and 4B models followed, and in 1964 3D and 4D appeared, the last of their production.
An example has been displayed at the Ciutat de Girona Museum.
Narcia engines were used by the Alce marque.
Source: OTTW


O

Orbea
Established in 1860, the famed and progressive family firm split up in 1926, with one part going on to produce bicycles and motorcycles.
In 1935 they agreed to manufacture motorcycles for the Simo firm, which were to be produced in 250cc and 500cc versions.
Orbea began production of Velosolex cyclemotors under licence in the 1950s, in addition to the bicycles they had been building for some time. They also built cyclomoteurs with Mosquito engnes, and used the Iresa 48cc and 53cc engines.
In the late 1960s the firm experienced severe financial difficiculties. The factory workers formed a consortium and bought the company, which today is thriving.
Sources: OTTW, orbea.com


P

Patria
Motos Patria was founded in Barcelona by Antonio Serra, producing motorcycles and motocarro from 1922 to 1936.
The Badalona factory built a variety of machines using mostly Villiers two-strokes and JAP four-strokes.
Models included 1924 175 Sport JAP SV, 1930 200 Standard Villiers, 1930 250 Sport Villiers, 350 Gran Confort Villiers, 1930 350 Sport JAP OHV.
There were also sidecar combinations used as taxis powered by 1000cc Ace and Henderson fours, and a goodly number of tricycles and motocarros, these being their most popular products.
See also: Patria Gallery
Sources: OTTW


R

Reina
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


Rondine
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 Montessa.
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.
Source: OTTW


S

Sadrian
Adrían Luis Viudes Romero of Murcia began operations in Murcia around the turn of the 20th century. In the 1920s he sold DKW automobiles and in the 1930s marketed Reiju motorcycles, BJR and ISO in the 40s and Elig in the 1950s.
In 1955 the family began manufacturing their own machines under the company name Adrírio Viudes e Hijos S.R.C., still in Murcia. These were lightweights powered by 125cc and 197cc Hispano-Villiers engines. Production ceased in 1965.
Source: OTTW


V

Vázquez-Abati
Vázquez y Abati of San Vicente 86, Madrid, built Vespa sidecars named Baby and Super Baby in the 1950s and 60s.
Sources: OTTW


Vipo
Established in 1979, Cortiplas SA built three-wheeled microcars with fibreglass bodies between 1980 and 1989.
Sources: OTTW



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