Automotive manufacturer Pfaffingen; Germany From 1955 to 1958.
Maicowerk A.G. was a West German motorcycle manufacturer. Founded in 1926 by Ulrich Maisch as Maisch & Co, the company originally manufactured 98 and 123 cc two-stroke engines. After World War II, they began producing their own unit construction two-stroke engines, selling complete motorcycles. Maico made a brief foray into the automobile business with their own line of microcars in the late 1950s. Maico have also made Go kart engines.
The road motorcycles were named after winds... 'Blizzard' 'Typhoon' etc., but the company was better known for its purpose-built Motocross and Enduro machines, and for its 'Maicoletta' motor scooter, both of which sold in higher numbers than the road motorcycles.
The car construction
From 1954 on, the general interest in motorcycles in Germany eased, with demand tending towards the automobile.
Like many other companies, Maico produced from 1955 to 1958 small car models with all-steel body, water-cooled Heinkel two-cylinder two-stroke in-line engines of 400 and 450 cc displacement with 15 and 18 hp, respectively. They reached maximum speeds of 80 and 90 km / h; the two-seat model 400 H was made a total of 3008 times, of which Maico was the MC 400 / H in 783 copies.
More successful was the 1955 presented at the IAA four-seater MC 500/4 type , of which 6301 pieces were sold for the price of 3665, - DM. However, only small series experienced the combined model MC 500 G (a total of 21 pieces, price 4500, - DM), the four-seater model MC 400/4 and the 110 km / h fast 20-horsepower model 500 Sport , which was manufactured until the end of 1957 ( only 4 pieces). Apart from the latter model, these types were just the production continuation of the champion small car with some advancements.
Due to the diminishing interest in street motorcycles and the little successful small car episode, Maico now relied on off-road and motocross machines; The sports equipment from the house of Maico enjoyed a good reputation at that time and were successful.