1923 Mabeco 600 Six V Twin
Lot 58
1923 Mabeco 596cc V-twin Frame no. 9074 Engine no. 28705
Sold for £13,225 (US$ 22,228) inc. premium
Lot Details
1923 Mabeco 596cc V-twin
Frame no. 9074
Engine no. 28705
It is no co-incidence that this machine looks like a copy of an Indian Scout, for that is exactly what it is. The 37ci (600cc) Scout had joined the existing 61ci (1,000cc) Powerplus twin for 1920. In a somewhat unusual departure, this new smaller Indian twin featured primary drive by helical gears, rather than the more usual chain, and soon gained a reputation for indestructibility: 'You can't wear out an Indian Scout,' claimed the company's advertising. In other respects the sidevalve v-twin motor followed the successful Powerplus formula. The Mabeco version was built in Germany by Max Bernhardt & Co, of Berlin using engines manufactured by Siemens & Halske. Sidevalve models displacing 596cc and 749cc were offered initially together with an overhead-valve '750' from 1925. Changing the colour scheme from green to red turned out to be a bad idea as the Indian company responded with a lawsuit that ended with Max Bernhardt & Co's liquidation. The German firm quickly resumed production as 'Mabeco-Werke GmbH', though on this occasion with a range of models that were less obviously cribbed from Indian. It is believed that approximately 3,400 machines had been made by the time production ceased in 1927. This example of a rare German make was acquired for the Pamplona Collection in 2007.