The Automotive History Museum of Salamanca incorporates a Sanglas 400 F motorcycle into its permanent exhibition, piece of the month of May

The Automotive History Museum of Salamanca incorporates a Sanglas 400 F motorcycle into its permanent exhibition, piece of the month of May
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The Automotive History Museum of Salamanca (MHAS) incorporates a Sanglas motorcycle into its permanent exhibition, a featured piece for the month of May. It is a piece that has a particular history and is one of the most influential brands in the Spanish motorcycle industry.

In this way, it is intended to pay tribute to the valuable tradition of Spanish motorcycling, through the Sanglas 400 F, a model that marked a turning point in the industry. Equipped with an innovative electric starter, this motorcycle embodies the technological innovation and pioneering spirit of the Sanglas.

Its history dates back to the 1940s, when two brothers and engineering students from Barcelona, ​​Javier and Martín Sanglas, founded one of the main Spanish motorcycle brands. In 1945, the first motorcycle manufactured by them was released, at a time when Spain lacked an auxiliary industry. To overcome this challenge, the brothers manufactured all the necessary elements in their own facilities, from carburetors to tires, in a precarious time in terms of the means used.

Such is this fact that to make this model, the brothers were forced to deliver their motorcycles without the tires, which buyers would have to look for on their own. The aluminum for the crankcases was obtained from discarded Army plates and cutlery and they even tried to find out about any plane accident to buy their remains.

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Over the years and due to their high cost, Sanglas motorcycles were used by official organizations, such as the Civil Traffic Guard and the Armed Police, consolidating their reputation and opening new opportunities in the market. Through iconic models such as the Sanglas 350/3 and Sanglas 400, the brand demonstrated its commitment to quality, performance and innovation.

The 400 model was born in 1964, becoming the most emblematic and longest-lived model of the motorcycles used by the Civil Guard, serving until 1984. In terms of its aesthetics, it is reminiscent of the classic English four-stroke motorcycles, both for its exterior appearance and its mechanics, being equipped with a fine finish and magnificent performances. It was a true revolution in its time, prepared with an agile and sporty engine, which made it a machine prepared for tourism and long-distance trips.

The Salamanca Automotive History Museum invites all motorcycling and history enthusiasts to explore a fascinating Sanglas motorcycle during the month of May and join in the celebration of this icon of Spanish motorcycle engineering.

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