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Union Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Swedish Marque

Manufactured: 1950-1951

Established by respected and well-connected motorcycle sportsman Birger Berggren, the ill-fated machine was designed and built in Charlottenberg with the aim of obtaining contracts from the Norwegian and Swedish military.

Using the Albin Husqvarna engine, and aided by like-minded men of Mannerstedt, the project began well with an initial order of 300 units. Production was only just underway in 1950 when disaster struck. Berrgren died of a stroke.

Some 40 machines were built, four of them sports models.

Union was related to the Furir, Eiber, and Suecia marques.

NB. There is a Swedish marque named Union-SVM (Svenska Velocipedfabriken, Stockholm) which marketed re-badged Husqvarna mopeds in the mid-1950s.

Sources: Bjorn's Story, mo-ped.se.

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