Bielefeld was the German capital of bicycle production from the 19th century into the 20th, so it was a natural place to be the hub of motorcycle, moped, and scooter production as well. Like many others, Gustav Bastert produced bicycles and sewing machines starting in the early 20th century, and established a successful business. Fast forward to 1933, and light motorcycles were added to production. After the war, following the death of Gustav, son Helmut Bastert saw an opportunity in postwar Germany to provide quality fuel-efficient transportation. In 1949. Bastert Werke began to offer Mopeds and 50cc – 250cc motorcycles. They were equipped with ILO motors, had handsome styling, and were initially well received.
However, their most famous product was probably the Einspurauto, a luxury motorcycle/scooter introduced in the early 1950s. It was developed in association with the University of Braunschweig, and featured a comfortable seat with backrest, a long wheelbase, excellent protection from the elements, two tone paint, and capacious storage. The motorcycle part came from larger wheels and ILO engines of 150cc, 173cc, and then 200cc. They also came with three and then four speed manual transmissions. The styling, however, was that of a unique scooter, with a relatively flat front fender, and a cigar shaped rear. Despite good features, contemporary styling, and even good press, the price was high, and sales were low. Unfortunately, by 1953, the development costs for the Einspurauto sank the company into financial trouble, They soldiered on based on their more traditional motorcycles, but the doors closed in 1956.
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This was a great article on German history. I am a descendent of the Bastert’s from Bielefeld and hope to some day visit this region and perhaps visit some distant relatives. Thank you for this information of my families past.
John W. Bastert
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