Husqvarna Motorcycles is a manufacturer of motocross, enduro and supermoto motorcycles.
It has been a subsidiary of BMW since 2007, when the latter company purchased it for €93 million.
The company began producing motorcycles in 1903 in Huskvarna, Sweden, originally as a branch of the Husqvarna armament firm which supplied the Swedish army with rifles from 1689.
The firm’s vintage motorcycles are sought after among collectors. Famous riders of Husqvarna Motorcycles included the Hollywood actor Steve McQueen.
Racing success in the 1950s-60s
Husqvarna entered the international motocross arena in 1958, with a nimble 3-speed 200cc model, fitted with leading link forks, but these were never produced in any volume – and are consequently very collectible on today’s collector's market.
Rider Rolf Tibblin gained Husqvarna’s first 250 World Championship in 1959, from which point the multi-product Swedish firm enjoyed a consistently strong demand. Torsten Hallman’s 4 world titles through the 1960s further consolidated the company’s success.
A 1968 Husqvarna 250cc Motocross was sold for £4,370 at a Bonhams auction in Oxford in June 2009.
A 1971 Husqvarna 400, originally purchased from the Steve McQueen Estate Sale in 1984 at Harrah's Auto Collection in Las Vegas, was announced as being due to appear in a Bonhams auction scheduled for 14th May 2011 at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California, United States.