Swedish Motorcycles

Rex Motorcycles of Halmstad, Sweden

AB Maskinfabriken Rex, Halmstad - A Brief History of the Marque
Manufactured 1908-1957

Rex produced bicycles from 1896 before beginning motorcycle manufacture using Motosacoche and NSU engines in small quantities.

In 1911 they offered motor bicycles with M.F.R. (Maskinfabriken Rex) engines.

Rex type 1911, a copy of the NSU with the engine probably made in Sweden, It was fitted with a 2 1/2 PS, 312cc or possibly 310cc, fourstroke V-twin

In 1923 they employed JAP and Villiers powerplants and mass-production began. During the mid to late '20s they built lightweight BMA-style machines, and as the depression deepened these became the most popular motorcycles in Sweden.

1938 saw the advent of the Villiers-engined Rex Midget, available in Sports and Dam versions, and in 1939 a Villiers 200cc 3-speed 8.5 hp model was introduced.

During the war years they produced an electric motorcycle, along with electric-engined commercial vehicles.

In the 1950s a wide range of mopeds and auxilliary bicycle engines were offered utilising engines and components from JLO, Zundapp, Victoria and others.

    During World War II petrol was scarce, so electric motorcycles and tricycles were built in greater numbers than earlier.

    The Rex three-wheeler had a single front wheel, motorcycle fashion, and two wheels at the rear supporting a tray or covered body. On Early models the engine powered the right rear wheel, and on later models it powered the front wheel.

    These Rex machines were primarily small cargo utility vehicles, but could be equipped with a passenger seat. The company also made a number of three-wheeled models with petrol engines.

    Adapted from an archive of the Konditori site.

Sources: nsu.nu, cykelhistoriska.se, mo-ped.se

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