Victoria KR35

Victoria KR35

The firm of Victoria trace their beginnings back to 1899, and traditionally used proprietary engines - including from BMW and Sturmey Archer during the 1920s - and from Horex in the 'Thirties. Utilising their own small capacity 2-stroke engines production duly recommenced after WWII, but, in 1951 their useful momentum was seriously prejudiced by the late introduction of a Kuchen-designed 350cc shaft-drive transverse vee-twin, an expensive project from which Victoria never really recovered. [Europa, UK mid-1960s concessionaire - and a subsidiary of Reading's Stocker & Shepherd - invested heavily in Victoria mopeds, but failed to poach sufficient sales from NSU's brilliant Quickly.]