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1955 Kroboth-Allwetterroller

In Gustav Kroboth was a skilled engineer who had built his own motor around 1920 and a small car in 1928. After the war he moved to the rural Bavarian countryside, where he salvaged tank and airplane wrecks to build what he needed. He built poppyseed grinders and wooden toys, which financed the building of a motorcycle-like scooter.

This led to a design for an "Allweather scooter" which was on display at the Motorcycle Show in September 1954.

The little machine was well received. The sociable side-by-side body sat on a central tube chassis with transverse leaf sptings at the front and a longitudinal one in back. The motor was from Fichtel & Sachs, brakes from ATE, steering from ZF (with a column shift- then the height of fashion) and a windshield from Volkswagen.

Numerous offers of financial investment resulted, but one by one they all came to naught. The trend was to bigger cars, and six months and 55 cars later it was all over. Kroboth found new life as a driving instructor.

Manufacturer: Fahrzeug und Maschinenbau Gustav Kroboth, Seestall, Germany

Model: Allwetterroller Motor: Sachs 2-stroke Body: Steel
Yrs. Built:Sept.54-Mar.55 No. Cylinders: 1 Chassis: Steel tube
No. Produced: 55 Displacement: 174cc Susp. Front:Leaf Springs
No. Surviving: ~5 Horsepower: 9 hp Susp. Rear:Leaf Springs
Length: 2 800 mm Gearbox: 4 Strg.:Snail Cam
Width: 1 300mm Starter: Dynastart Brakes: Cable
Weight: 210 kg Electrics: 12 v 3 Wheels: 4.00 x 8"
Interior: Bench Ignition: Coil Top Speed: 75 km/h

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