1960 - 1983

MEBEA 

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MEBEA, an acronym for Messogiakai Epiheiriseis Biomihanias, Emporiou kai Antiprosopeion (Mediterranean Enterprises for Industry, Commerce and Representations), was a pivotal Greek vehicle manufacturer founded in 1960 through the merger of two companies that had been assembling motorbikes since 1954. Based in Athens, MEBEA quickly became known for its robust range of vehicles, including motorcycles, light three-wheeler trucks, and bicycles, and it was particularly famed for integrating reliable 50cc Zündapp engines into its designs.

The brand’s innovative spirit was evident in its diverse product lineup, which catered extensively to both domestic and international markets, particularly in Asia and Africa. Among its most notable models were the MEBEA ST150 and the three-wheeled light trucks, which became icons on Greek roads and beyond, serving a variety of commercial and private needs.

MEBEA also ventured into passenger automobiles with the introduction of the MEBEA Fox in 1979, a light utility vehicle designed to meet contemporary needs and Greek vehicle production regulations through a partnership with British manufacturer Reliant. However, the changing legal landscape in Greece during the early 1980s, which moved away from favoring light passenger-utility vehicles, significantly impacted MEBEA. The Fox model struggled, and with declining markets and stringent regulations, MEBEA ceased operations in 1983, marking the end of an era for this innovative Greek automaker.

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