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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Another German rare scooter of 1950s

After finding an image of this scooter on the Internet, We were curious to know its name because in our opinion it has a very unique shape. Then we asked to our friends, the member of the Scooters of Germany Group by posting the picture below on the group timeline on Facebook. 
1954 Röhr Roletta 200 made by a German machinery manufacturer named Maschinenfabrik Erich Röhr GmbH. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2wTv676)
And that's where we learned, the unique scooter in question was the Röhr Roletta 200 made by a German company based in Landshut-Bavaria named Maschinenfabrik Erich Röhr GmbH in 1954. And according to Our colleagues in the Facebook group, this scooter is included one of the rare German-made scooters.
1954 Röhr Roletta 200 made by a German machinery manufacturer named Maschinenfabrik Erich Röhr GmbH. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3iXDyoh)
As quoted from germanmotorcycle.cl, this company was founded by Erich Röhr in 1932 as a military vehicle repairing workshop in Passau. In 1948, the company became a machinery manufacturer which mainly makes agricultural machinery such as tractors, compressors, water pumps, and others. Then in 1949, the company moved its business domicile to Landshut-Bavaria.

In the 1950s, the company continued to grow until it decided to produce scooters. And precisely in 1953, Röhr's engineers successfully to design its first scooter. This scooter said has quite good handling because it uses a fairly large wheel size (3.50 x 12") compared to the existing scooters at the time.
1954 Röhr Roletta 200 made by a German machinery manufacturer named Maschinenfabrik Erich Röhr GmbH. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2YcQv5q)
The Röhr Roletta 200 scooter is described as a high-end scooter with various accessories such as the chromed peephole "ornament", larger seater, briefcase holder, and spare tire. Then, on the speedometer is also equipped with turn lights indicators like the one installed on the Bastert Einspurauto, another German luxury scooter. 
1954 Röhr Roletta 200 made by a German machinery manufacturer named Maschinenfabrik Erich Röhr GmbH. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2YcQv5q)
At first glance, the German scooter looks similar to the 1950s French-made Bernardet scooter, especially on the front fender which blends with the headlight. The Roletta 200 scooter uses a 200cc single-cylinder engine powered of 11 horsepower coupled with a four-speed manual transmission system.
1954 Röhr Roletta 200 made by a German machinery manufacturer named Maschinenfabrik Erich Röhr GmbH. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/2FBcxIN)
Uniquely, this scooter has used a 12V electrical system which was fairly advanced at that time, making it possible to be pinned an electric starter of the Siba Dynastart in addition to the kick starter (but the customers are given an extra-charges for this feature.)

The Röhr Roletta 200 scooter was offered in 5 color choices such as black, Adriatic blue, green, metal beige, and maroon (dark red). While on the ad leaflet designed to support its sales also includes some additional accessories such as windshields and luggage racks which can be ordered from the factory, as well as the sidecars.
Technical specifications of the Röhr Roletta 200 scooter produced by Fahrzeug- und Maschinenfabrik GmbH Landshut in 1955 (after the company was liquidated). (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3aCqKAz)
But unfortunately, the scooter sales were very unsatisfactory, run over by other German's major brands at that time such as Glas, Zündapp, NSU Lambretta, and Hoffmann Vespa. This certainly has an impact on the company's financial condition which has also deteriorated.😭

In late 1954 to early 1955 the company was partially liquidated and changed its name to Fahrzeug- und Maschinenfabrik GmbH Landshut, while its scooters division was still on production with some changes. However, the sales figures did not improve, although some technical improvements had been made.😭 

Finally, the Röhr scooter production was ceased in 1956, while its sales ended in 1957. Estimated, there were 1,800 to 2,000 units of Röhr Roletta 200 scooter had ever produced by this manufacturer.😭
That's it, and if the article above is still considered inadequate or inaccurate, or if you have additional information related to this marque, please don't hesitate to let us know via the comments column below this article.

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