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Barber's Best

A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1955 Horex Resident Model 8

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

Country: Germany
Engine: Air-cooled, single cylinder four stroke
Ignition: Magneto
Power rating: 24bhp @ 6,500rpm
Bore x stroke: 77mm x 75mm
Displacement: 349cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Single Bing carburetor
Transmission: Four speed
Suspension: Front leading link forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 345lbs
Top speed: 80mph

Friedrich Kleeman started building motorcycles in 1923, originally selling them under the Gnom brand. The name was soon changed to Horex, “Ho” for the location, Homburg, and “Rex” the family business. They gained an enviable reputation for their quality, and also produced some innovative race bikes in the 1950’s. With a decline in sales, motorcycle production came to an end in 1956. Horex concentrated on producing parts for Mercedes-Benz, and finally sold out to M.B. in 1960.

1955 Horex Resident Model 8

1955 Horex Resident Model 8