1961 Lilac 250cc LS-18 Frame no. F1-617748 Engine no. E1-14808
Lot 209
1961 Lilac 250cc LS-18
Frame no. F1-617748 Engine no. E1-14808
€6,000 - 9,500
US$ 7,600 - 12,000
amended

Lot Details
1961 Lilac 250cc LS-18 Frame no. F1-617748 Engine no. E1-14808 1961 Lilac 250cc LS-18 Frame no. F1-617748 Engine no. E1-14808 1961 Lilac 250cc LS-18 Frame no. F1-617748 Engine no. E1-14808 1961 Lilac 250cc LS-18 Frame no. F1-617748 Engine no. E1-14808
1961 Lilac 250cc LS-18
Frame no. F1-617748
Engine no. E1-14808
Lilac motorcycles were manufactured by the Marusho Motorcycle Industrial Co Ltd, which was founded in 1951 in Hamamatsu, Japan by Masashi Ito, owner of an existing car repair and truck body manufacturing business. The first Lilac was a shaft-driven 150cc lightweight and, like many of its Japanese contemporaries, was copied from a European design, in the Lilac's case a pre-war Zündapp. A succession of larger models was introduced, including a 350cc horizontally opposed twin, almost all of which retained Marusho's trademark shaft drive. Increasingly stiff competition from Honda forced a wholesale revision of the Lilac range in the late 1950s, the new line-up including a brace of transverse v-twins based on the German Victoria Bergmeister. At the same time Marusho concluded a commercial alliance with Mitsubishi, only to be saddled with an insupportable debt when the deal swiftly came unstuck. Despite an agreement to import Lilacs into the USA, the company was forced to file for bankruptcy and the factory ceased making motorcycles in 1961. After a few years acting as a sub-contractor for Honda, the firm returned to the motorcycle market in 1964. A Japanese motorcycle rarely seen in Europe, this Lilac LS-18 benefits from a restored engine while retaining mostly original paintwork. Featured in a German motorcycle magazine (Oldtimer-Markt, June 1997 edition), it has not been run since its acquisition by the Hockenheim Museum in 2001. There are no documents with this Lot.

Footnotes

  • Lilac 250 cm3 LS-18 Améliorée 1961
    Cadre n° F1-617748
    Moteur n° E1-14808

    Les motos Lilac furent construites par la société Marusho Motorcycle Industrial Co Ltd, fondée en1951 à Hamamatsu (Japon) par Masashi Ito, propriétaire d'une entreprise de réparation automobile et de fabrication de carrosseries de camion. La première Lilac, une moto légère de 150 cm3 à transmission par arbre était, comme beaucoup de machines japonaises contemporaines, copiée d'une création européennes, en l'occurrence une Zündapp d'avant guerre. Des types plus importants furent successivement introduits dont une 350 à deux cylindres opposés à plat, types qui, presque tous, étaient équipés de la transmission par arbre caractéristique de la marque Marusho. À la fin des années 1950, la concurrence de plus en plus sévère de Honda imposa une révision de la gamme Lilac, la nouvelle production comprenant une famille de V-twins inspirées par la Victoria Bergmeister allemande. À la même époque, Marusho conclut un accord commercial avec Mitsubishi pour se retrouver bientôt dans une situation financière désastreuse lorsque le contrat ne fut suivi d'aucun effet. Malgré un accord visant à importer les Lilac aux Etats-Unis, la société fut dans l'obligation de déposer le bilan et l'usine arrêta la fabrication des motos en 1961. Après quelques années d'activité comme sous-traitant de Honda, la firme revint sur le marché de la moto en 1964. Moto japonaise rare en Europe, cette Lilac LD-18 bénéficie d'un moteur restauré tout en conservant en grande partie sa peinture d'origine. Décrite dans un magazine allemand (Oldtimer Markt de juin 1997), elle n'a pas roulé depuis son acquisition par le Musée de Hockenheim en 2001. Aucun document n'accompagne ce lot.

Saleroom notices

  • The frame number is F1-61-17748.
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