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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.
Norberto Abad built 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 Narcla 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


Batlló
Built in Barcelona during the 1960s and 70s, these were competition motorcycles and engines based on the Derbi 74GS and OSSA 250cc.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


Belfi
Manufactured in Barcelona between 1955 and 1960 by Belart and Fibla, these lightweight machines were also marketed using the Belart, Velfi, Fibla, Camello and Gacela brands.
Using a pressed-metal steel frame and a 75cc engine mounted alongside the rear wheel, they were aimed at the burgeoning scooter market.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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


Beta Trueba
Based in Esparreguera, Baix Llobregat, the firm is a subsidiary of Beta Italy which builds Spanish versions of the machines. Established by Antonio Trueba during the 1960s who became very well-known for his work in enduro and mx, and particularly in trials, the firm came to an agreement with Beta with proved fruitful for all parties.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org, betatrueba.com


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


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BJR
Construcciones Mécanicas, Bantista Esplagues, Algemesi, 1942-1962*.
From 1942 until 1950 the Esplugues brothers built a scooter and motocarros under the Baesal marque.
In the mid 1950s the marque became BJR, producing a variety of machines powered by 50cc to 175cc two-strokes.
Models included the XZ125 and VZ175, both with 4-speed two-stroke engines and swinging arm rear suspension, these remaining basically unchanged until end of production in the early 1960s.
* Notes: Sources vary on production dates.
Sources: wikipedia.nl, wikipedia.ca, lasprovincias.es


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


Carbonell
Manufactured in Barcelona between 1924 and 1927 by Antoni Carbonell, a bicycle firm, these were fitted with 175cc Villiers engines. Production was limited.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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: ca.wikipedia.org, Phil Aynsley
See also Coronat Gallery


Cremsa

Manufactured by Construcciones Radio-Electro Mecánicas, S.A. in Barcelona between 1958 and 1966.

The firm built motorcycles, motocarros and tricycles. The first three-wheelers were powered by a fan-cooled Hispano Villiers 6M engine and had utility tray behind the driver seat. It was named the Pato (Duck), and later the same year another machine with a carrier box at the front was built, also named Pato.

The first motorcycle was developed in 1958 and entered production in 1960. The Rally was offered with either a 197cc Hispano Villiers engine or and 250cc twin.

Cremsa entered the moped market in 1965 with 50cc Hispano-Villiers engines and 2 or 3 speed gearboxes.

Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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


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Delfin
Manufactured by the Fábrica Española de Motocicletas y Triciclos firm of Juli Fusté in Barcelona from 1955 to 1962, these motocarros were powered by Hispano Villiers 125c and 197cc engines. The company also built Olympic motocarros under licence, and these were identical in all but minor detail to the Delfin.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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.
There was also a Dunjo sidecar manufacturer of Santa Perpetua de Magoda, Catalonia.
Sources: wikipedia.nl, jacques-leretrait.blogspot.com


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, lasprovincias.es


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


Fité
Manufactured enduro motorcycles in Castellar del Vallès, 1990s
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


FSM
Francesc Sanz Marco built motorcycles in Valencia from 1949 to 1955
Initially built 65cc lightweight racers which he himself rode, followed by twin-cylinder 125cc sports machines. During the the years 1950 to 1954 his machines did particularly well in regional racing eventsl in the 75cc, 100cc and 125cc classes.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


Fusté

Manufactured in Barcelona between 1924 and 1929 by Julius Fusté, a well-known motorcycle racer , these were powered by engines from DKW and Villiers mainly. Around 50 were built in total.

From 1930 to 1936 the firm built motorcycles under the JFC marque, and after the end of the Spanish Civil War they used the Fusté brand again.

Fusté was also involved with the Olimpic brand until 1953, and Delfin after 1955.

Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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.

Sources: Wikipedia, amoticos.org, Tragatsch p147.


Golondrina
Crédito Ciclista of Barcelona built mopeds powered by a 56cc Galgo engine between 1953 and 1954.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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


Gubern
Only one motorcycle was built by the Barcelona firm before problems within the company prevented production. This 175cc two-stroke machine with swinging arm rear suspension is in the collection of the Museu de la Moto de Barcelona.
The brand name is sometimes written as Gobern.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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

INESMO
Built bicycle attachment engines mounted within the bicycle triangle which drove the rear wheel by friction roller.
Source: lasprovincias.es


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.

The firm also built 48cc and 53cc engines which were used by other manufacturers, among them J.Y.M.B.

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


J.Y.M.B.

JYMB built a miniature sidecar combination along the lines of a pre-war Harley-Davidson using a Iresa 53cc engine. Designed for children, only three were produced.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org





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 production ceased in 1956, the remaining stock went to Pinguy.

Sources: wikipedia.nl, autopasion18.com




L

Lutetia

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



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

M.A.F.

The MAF was manufactured between 1958 and 1964 in Figueres (Alt Empordà). Having taken over from Evycsa, they produced 150cc and 175cc models and had plans to continue with the the Evycsa 250 but these did not come to fruition. The Fita engine company was involved.

Source: ca.wikipedia.org




Mavisa

Manuel and Vicenç Vila built a transverse 250cc twin from 1953 to 1960.

Designed by Mecánica Mavi, S.A., with its Earles forks the motorcycle was quite similar in concept to the BMW flat-twins of the day.

Source: ca.wikipedia.org



Mondial Spain
Mòndial motorcycles were manufactured in Catalonia under license to the Italian firm by Construcciones Mecánicas Españolas, S.A. from 1956 to 1962.
The factory address was 345 Rosselló street in Barcelona until 1959 when they moved to Carrer Floridablanca de Mataró, Maresme.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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.
Narcla 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


Piqueres
Jenaro Piqueres of Alberique modified Montesa machines which he rode in regional races from 1952 to 1955.
Source: lasprovincias.es


R

Rabasa

Manufacturer: Nacional Motor SA, Martorellas, Barcelona

French rider Jacques Roca entered a modified Derbi under the Rabasa name in French road-racing events during the sixties and seventies.

In 1989 minimoto machines of this name appeared in various guises powered by Franco Morini engines and suitable for chilren 4 to 14 years of age.

Rabasa is the family name of the Derbi company, which was earlier known as Rabasa Derbi.

The Rabasa company is best known for its bicycles, and that part of the business was directed for decades by the daughter of the founder, Margarita Rabasa, along with Dante Adami.

Sources: OTTW, wikipedia.


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Reddis
Between 1952 and 1973 almost 500 motorcycles were built in Reus, Camp de Tarragona.
Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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


Ruter

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.

Source: ca.wikipedia.org




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


Santoja
Based in Elche Alicante, Miguel Santoja built RMH motorcycles, and also built machines using 122 and 197cc Hispano Villiers engines for Rafael Mira e Hijos, the distributor of the brand located at José Antonio Avenue in Valencia. Santoja was also a supplier of engines for the first models of the Catalan firm 'Ducson'.
Source: lasprovincias.es


T

Taber

Manufactured in Barcelona between 1952 and 1955, the Taber was a good looking machine which was technically quite advanced. It was fitted initally with a 125cc Pons engine and later with one of its own manufacture).

Source: ca.wikipedia.org


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


Villof
Manufacturer: Vicente Llorens Ferrer, Valencia, 1951-1961*
A workshop which repaired DKW machines, Vilhof built attractive lightweight motorcycles along similar lines.
Note: * lasprovincias.es gives 1949-1965
Source: lasprovincias.es


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



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