The only thing left of the original Torrot is great memories of times past when motor vehicles were an extremely important way of getting around town and reactivating the national economy.
Founded in Vitoria by Don Luis Iriondo in 1948, Torrot got its start manufacturing sturdy touring and road bicycles, while Orbea and BH also appeared. In the 1950s, Don Luis reached a license manufacturing agreement to make the mopeds and motorcycles for the famous French brand Dijon-Terrot, creating Terrot S.A.E.
But the agreement didn’t last very long, and in 1958 Peugeot absorbed Terrot and then shuttered it two years later, in 1960, leaving Iriondo S.A. without the license. Upon which the clever, stubborn Don Luis changed the “e” for an “o” to keep his entire family of mopeds and lightweight motorcycles afloat, now developing them with an identity of their own. Hence Torrot was born: from the tenacity and passion for motorcycles.
So Torrot was the outcome of a small yet great visionary’s passion for motorcycles. From then on, through his perseverance he ran the companies through its good years with the brands Torrot and CIL.
We could say that Don Luis and his brand, Torrot, were something like the Tucker of Spanish motorcycles: they were indestructible and brought innovations that would later become popular, like the retractable sidestand and the scarf-style upward-facing exhaust pipe.
In the 1970s, Torrot not only manufactured good, popular motorcycles like the Mustang and the TT, powered by Sachs engines, the outcome of a new alliance, it also started to manufacture such popular bicycles as the Cross MX which the protagonists of the mythical spanish series "Verano Azul" (1981) rode (the forerunner of today’s mountain bikes). Torrot also manufactured electric training machines.
However, just like so many other Spanish brands, it did not survive the 1990s.
What they did not know those days, it that the brand would reborn.
TODAY, TORROT HAS AN ELECTRIC HEART
Torrot was reborn in 2011, driven by a venture in which the passion to supply people with an electric, sustainable, practical and popular means of transport is once again the maxim.