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Antras Motorcycles

Built in Barcelona by Rafael Antras de Bidaburu and Arnaldo Margarit Calvet, this was a bicycle attachment engine made in 1901 which sold quite well. The partners, who began working together around 1899 on electric motors, then designed and built another larger engine designed for agricultural use which could run on any fuel, and this was fitted to the 5 or 6 automobiles they built. They could not compete with the imported machines, and automobile production ceased in 1903 in favour of agricultural equipment. Rafael Antras fell ill and died in 1904 whilst still in his 20s.


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