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KTM – History

KTM History

Hans opens a repair workshop in [ Kraftfahrzeuge Trunkenpolz Mattighofen ].

The Trunkenpolz company appears as an supplier of motorcycles for the first (sale of DKW motorcycles).

Hans and his sister aboard an early motorcycle


The Trunkenpolz expands continuously, becoming one of the motorcycle and car repair workshops in Austria.

In the meantime, the company had further and Hans Trunkenpolz five workers. Just the outbreak of the World War Second, the moved into a new building at 2 in Mattighofen. Shortly afterwards the founder was called up for military

His wife Elisabeth unavoidably had to the business by the end of 1943. Meanwhile, Trunkenpolz was released from service with the official to repair trucks and engines for the

1945 -1948

In the hardship of the years, there was a huge for trucks to provide the population the basic needs. On the other there was a lack of roadworthy since they had been during military intervention. in the early years, the Trunkenpolz’ focused on vehicle repairs

By then, Hans Trunkenpolz 35 people and the company rapidly into one of the biggest repair in Upper Austria. Due to the war damage at the manufacturers the supply with parts still not gained Trunkenpolz made a virtue out of and manufactures the most urgently spare parts in his own company.

In the company was expanded with an drop forge and a foundry. At the time Trunkenpolz specialized in the production of crankshaft bearings. Of these actions created new and at the end of the war, the workforce doubled to 70

The economic miracle loomed in and not at least due to the Marshall Plan the rapidly bounced back. The family did not only benefit these developments: the repair for trucks dropped remarkably and the manufacturing of spare parts some revenue. It is hardly that Trunkenpolz had to search for new after the loss of revenues the repair workshop.

The population´s wish for motorized came at a proper time.

At time, only a few people afford a car. Therefore decided to develop a lightweight As a DKW dealer he gained wide in the motorcycle business in the pre-war

KTM 125 Duke

The terms were set quickly – it be a “real motorcycle” with without the pedal-drive known the motor-driven bicycles.


major development commences: A motorcycle – the R100 – fitted a 98cc Rotax engine pull starter goes production in the little town

KTM R 100


Introduction of the first series of KTM motorcycles (a team of 20 3 motorcycles per day). First activities (5 th Gaisberg competition: KTM first, second and third).

and racing enthusiast  Ernst  buys into KTM.] company is now officially known as Trunkenpolz, Mattighofen”.


of the 1000 th KTM motorcycle. KTM wins the 125 category national championships for the time.

KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke
KTM 125 Duke

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