bicycle manufacturing aspects of the consortium were sold in 1987 to
Piaggio & C. S.p.A. of Italy, the Puch trademark was conveyed however, the
rights to the name Austro-Daimler were not sold. Since then no bicycles
have been made bearing this trademark."
A short lived marque, made by Austro-Daimler Puch, and which had success particularly in the USA in the 1970s and early 80s. There were two lines simultaneously marketed; Austro-Daimler and Puch. A-D was a "fancier" line with medium price to high end offerings, while Puch was aimed at a broader range including models at lower price points.
"Johann Puch was a well-known bicycle manufacturer in Austria-Hungary at the endof the 19th century. In 1906 he formed "Johann Puch Erste Steiermarkische Fahrrad-Fabriks-Aktiengesellschaft" (whew!) in Graz, Austria. The company produced bicycles, motorcycles and small automobiles. In 1914 the name was simplified to "Puchwerke AG". Puch merged with Austro Daimler in 1925 - Puch car production ended, though Austro Daimler continued making cars until merger with Steyr in 1934, forming Steyr-Daimler-Puch. Steyr carried on with cars until 1977, when the last license-built FIATS rolled off the line."
Aldo Ross, charter Classic Rendezvous mailing list member
|Excellent AD history web site AD /Puch serial number Registry|
"...jersey once was worn by Andrew Weaver in the year
1977 when the US national team of the Juniors prepared in Europe for
the forthcoming championships in Vienna.I was a 13 year old guy when
I met him in
Oberhausen/Germany, where we had a training course at that
time. Andrew wanted to throw away his jersey which was frazzled due
to a massive crash in a race at Huttenheim. I bought the jersey from
him for 2 DM and was very proud having a jersey from a US national
Scott Ryder's 1975-6 Ultima SL (as used in catalog)
Customized AD owned by Jerry Moos
"This was purchased as a
frameset (orig. color suggests the Superleicht model)
in the early 80's. The cream colored sections are original. The
chocolate brown parts are
a repaint by the late Ray Gasorowski of Romic Cycles in the mid
to late 80's. At my request,
he masked off the original parts so as not to destroy the original decals."
Austro-Daimler Ultima #6195112
1982 Vent Noir w touring drive train
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