KTM – History orangeroads

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KTM – History

KTM History

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


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

Hans Trunkenpolz and his sister aboard an early Wanderer motorcycle


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

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

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

1945 -1948

In the hardship of the post-war years, there was a huge demand for trucks to provide the population with the basic needs. On the other hand there was a lack of roadworthy trucks, since they had been damaged during military intervention. Like in the early years, the Trunkenpolz’ company focused on vehicle repairs again.

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

In 1948 the company was expanded with an added drop forge and a foundry. At the same time Trunkenpolz specialized in the series production of crankshaft bearings. Of course these actions created new jobs and at the end of the war, the workforce doubled to 70 people.

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

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

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

KTM 125 Duke

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


First major development commences: A light-weight motorcycle – the R100 – fitted with a 98cc Rotax engine with pull starter goes into production in the little town Gunskirchen.

KTM R 100


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

[Businessman and racing enthusiast  Ernst Kronreif  buys into KTM.]  The company is now officially known as “Kronreif, Trunkenpolz, Mattighofen”.


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

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