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Swedish Motorcycles

Motorcycles Built in Sweden

Notes on some of the rarer Swedish marques

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

A

Apollo
Manufactured by M. Berlin & Co., AB, Varnamo, 1937-1957
Pre-war models used Husqvarna engines, and after the war they also used Zundapp and JLO of 98cc to 198cc. Around 1960 the company became part of the Volvo group under MCB and it is believed that Apollo moped construction continued until the mid-1960s.
Source: GTU Oldtimerservice


C

Carle

Under 1910-talet var det inte ovanligt att händiga personer byggde sig en egen motorcykel. Det var ofta studerande som gick i utbildning för att bli tekniker eller ingenjörer och som inte hade råd att köpa en fabrikstillverkad. Under ingenjörsutbildningen på Tekniska skolan i Örebro gjorde Carle ritningarna och trämodellerna (TM 29.889) för att kunna gjuta motordetaljer till den hembyggda motorn. Carles motorcykel registrerades som W 1 och är ett bra exempel på hembyggen vid den tiden.

PRODUKTION 1912 - 1915

TILLVERKARE Carle, Sigurd


Prior to WW1 it was not uncommon for skilled people to build their own motorcycle. There were often students who went to school to become technicians or engineers who could not afford to buy a factory-made machine. During his years studying at the Technical School in Örebro, Carle made drawings and wooden models (TM 29.889) in order to cast components of his engine. Carle's motorcycle was registered as W 1 and is a good example of home construction at that time.

Production: 1912 - 1915

Manufacturer: Carle, Sigurd
Collection: Museum of science and technology Stockholm
Aircraft, autombiles, motorcycles and turbines
Tekniska Mmuseet
Digital Museum ID: TEKS0032540
Licence: CC BY 4.0


Carolus
Manufactured Enköping 1925-1930
The brothers Karlsson built some 100 lightweight motorcycles to order using engines built by Ludwig Widesson of Stockholm. The motorcycles were sold by a local dealer, who later built very similar machines under the name Ragne.
Source: Bjorn's Story


Centrum
An example of this marque exists in a Swedish museum equipped with a 3-speed 150cc JB two-stroke engine. It has a tubular frame, telescopic forks, rigid rear and a solo saddle, and appears to be from the early 1950s.
Source: Bjorn's Story


D

Drott
Manufactured by Velociped AB Lindblad, Stockholm, c.1922
Lindblad, founded 1896, was primarily a bicycle manufacturer. They also built light motorcycles with bicycle attachment engines.
Source: Zabytkowemotocykleirowery Poland


DS
Manufactured by David Senning in Dalarna, 1924-1927
The motorcycles were powered by MAG V-twins of 500 and 750cc, the first 10 or so using Husqvarna frames and the remaining 5~600 employing their own frames constructed from a special class of cast iron. Senning was by all accounts a remarkable fellow and highly respected.
Sources: Bjorn's Story, albinracing.blogg.se


E

Eiber
Svensk Motorindustri of Örkelljunga built motorcycles in 1926 with a 250cc engine of their own design with the intention of selling through Nymans who, as it turned out, purchased only the engines. This apparentently caused the company to fail. It was purchased by Suecia and went on to bigger and better things.
Source: Bjorn's Story


F

Furir
Manufactured by Emil Jern in Gävle 1915-1916, these were bicycle attachment engines. The firm moved to Stockholm around 1918 and became Colibri.
Source: Bjorn's Story


M

Mustad
Manufactured by AB Mustad & Son, Göteborg

Under licence, it appears, the Mustad scooter was also produced by A/S Folkescooter, København, Hellerup in Denmark and Sports Firmæt GRESVIG, Oslo in Norway. The Danes used a BFC engine, the others an AMO.

Source: mo-ped.se


Mustang
Manufactured: Trelleborgs Velocipedfabrik, Trelleborg.
Built mopeds from 1952 to 1984 using Zundapp engines.
Source: Bjorn's Story, mo-ped.se


P

Park
Around 100 motorcycles were built by Carl Park before his untimely death in 1916. The motorcycles used an NSU frame and a 500cc V-twin engine of Park's own construction. Some were sold to the military with Park's patented ski attachment.
Source: Bjorn's Story


S

Söderblom
Built lightweights of 188cc in the early 20th century, one of which was bought by Carl Persson-Park.
Source: Bjorn's Story


Surrac
Manufactured by Sjöstrand in Dalarna
In 1914 a 280cc two-stroke was built, and in 1917 a quite different machine.
Source: Bjorn's Story


T

Tiger
Albert Öhman AB Stockholm rebadged Typhoon motorcycles with engines from Zundapp, DKW, NSU and possibly others in 1950s.
Models included Tiger Panther 350cc Competition and Tiger TZ 200.
Source: classicmotor.se


W

WMW
Built in Vara 1913-1915
Two models were constructed, the first a two-stroke of 223cc which ran on kerosene, the second a 275cc four-stroke.
Source: Bjorn's Story




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