MZ motorcycle and two-wheeler work GmbH / Label name (GDR) –

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MZ ETS 125/1

MZ motorcycle and two-wheeler work GmbH

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MZ motorcycle and two-wheeler work GmbH is a motorcycle manufacturer from Zschopau in the ore mountains in Is Saxonia-shortened the company name with read the shortened company name of 1992-1998 MuZ an attorney the rights at the name MZ to the company Kanuni had illegitimately sold there. After won law case the Zschopauer of motorcycles comes again as MZ off the line.



The history of the enterprise begins 1906, when the Dane Skafte Rasmussen buys a empty-standing cloth factory in Zschopau. 1917 are born the registered trade mark DKW and 1922 begin actual motorcycle production. 1928 take over DKW the AUDI work Zwickau and become 1929 with 60.000 motorcycles the largest motorcycle factory of the world.

In the same year the enterprise breaks also the monopoly of the USA in refrigerator production by the development of the first European refrigerator. 1931 separating the German cool and prime movers GmbH sharp stone takes place. In the year 1932 the AUTO UNION is created, consisting of AUDI, Horch, Wanderer and DKW.

Building of motorcycles in the GDR

With the blanks 125, a Vorkriegsentwicklung, 1950 under the brand name industrial combination construction of vehicles (IFA) begin again production in Zschopau. This model is patent-free after the war and in Great Britain, the USA, Japan, Italy and West Germany is developed further likewise and – built. 1952 appear the first sidedare-suited motorcycle with 350-ccm-Zweitakt-Boxermotor and Kardanantrieb, the UC 350.

The motorcycle work is called now VEB motorcycle work Zschopau . or briefly MZ . In the year 1961 Ernst Degner on a MZ becomes vice-world champion in the 125 ccm class in motorcycle racing. The manufacturing that IT 150 begins 1962. It is to German motorcycle usually-built today.

Besides it is the first motorcycle with asymmetrical headlight low beam at all.

MZ ETS 125/1

In the year 1963 the GDR national team on MZ-motorcycles wins for the first time the Trophy during the international six-day travel. This competition is equivalent to the crew world championship in the motorcycle area haven. Five further Trophy victories follow after MZ in the years 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1969.

The einmillionste motorcycle since 1950 comes 1970 off the line, a MZ ETS 250 Trophy sport. 1983 come the zweimillionste motorcycle off the line, a MZ ETZ 250. With this model disc brake and 12V-Elektrik are introduced, the standard in the motorcycle manufacturing are.

By the simple structure of the vehicles and the among themselves easily exchangeable parts the MZ, also Emme or Emmie is mentioned, a people motorcycle, which sets in durability and model continuity. It concerned to the technical designers rather travelling comfort as around sporty maximum output. In addition, despite the economically difficult situation world-wide innovations were introduced as for example the asymmetrical headlight low beam or the chain hoses.

MZ belonged to the few companies world-wide, which supplied motorcycles with side cars ex factory.


MZ blank 125/3, construction period 1959 – 1962

MZ IT 250-1-A in the German Federal Armed Forces museum Dresden

MZ ETS 125/1
MZ ETS 125/1
MZ ETS 125/1

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