Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Steib built some of the best sidecars ever made and are still much sought after today.
Steib Metallbau, later trading as Josef Steib Spezialfabrik für Seitenwagen, were a company from Nuremberg in Germany who manufactured sidecars. The firm was founded in 1914 by Josef Steib Senior and began making sidecars in 1928 following a commission from the motorcycle manufacturer Ardie. The company closed in 1957.
The company reached its peak in the 1950s when it claimed to manufacture 92% of all sidecars sold in Germany and the sidecars were the standard model offered with BMW motorcycles.
The product range included a variety of designs with the LS 200 for motorcycles up to 200 cc (12 cu in), the LS. 350 for motorcycles of 250 cc (15 cu in) to 350 cc (21 cu in) and the S 500 L and TR-500 for motorcycles above 500 cc (31 cu in)amongst the most common.
There are some quality replicas being made to day but as with anything else, the original is still more valued.
I have been on the hunt for an affordable Steib for a while now, it would be really cool to haul my granddaughter Gracie around in. I am in the process of obtaining the BMW R69S which will not make a good candidate for a sidecar so this is probably a long term idea as I would need a whole other motorcycle such as an R60/2.