Sweden was a major presence in early
motocross, noted both for its talented
riders and groundbreaking machinery.
Sweden’s Lito is one of the rarest motocross machines from the 1950s and 1960s.
The marque achieved its greatest success
when Sten Lundin rode an Albin-powered
Lito to the 1961 FIM 500cc World Motocross
An intense rivalry between four-stroke
bikes from Sweden and Great Britain raged
throughout the 1950s and early 1960s.
Swedish builder Nils Hedlund took the best
features of the British iron and built a better
engine and chassis. Hedlund’s design would
give the advantage to the Swedes. That
would change in 1966 when East German
Paul Friedrichs captured the FIM 500cc World
Championship on a Czech two-stroke CZ.
The Lito motocrosser first appeared in the
late ’50s as a Monark. Unfortunately, after
winning the 500cc World Championship in
1959, the team disbanded when the team
manager died. Rival company Lito stepped
in to take over the team and build machines.
Expert sources claim only six real Monarks
were built and around 35 Litos. Several
replicas have been built over the years.
Estimated value: $55,000.