French Motorcycles

André Leducq Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Mercier, Saint Etienne

The André Leducq was manufactured in Saint Etienne, at the Mercier factory which also made Lapébie, Antonin Magne and Louison Bobet, all named for renowned cyclists.

The Leducq were not Manufrance, but Mercier. There were two models: that of Eric Caudron with Ydral twin and a second model with AJ55 equipped with two large side fairings.

André Leducq was also a cyclist. Nicknamed "the Joyful Dede", or "Dede of Love and Steel Muscles", he was by far the most popular French rider of the inter-war period. His notoriety continued well after the war. He participated in 9 Tours of France, won two: 1930 and 1932 and won 25 stages. After racing in the Alcyon team in the 1950s, he was hired by the Mercier brand and represented the cycles and motorcycles that bear his name. Then it will represent an aperitif brand. He was born on February 27, 1904. After tasting journalism, André Leducq died in Marseilles on June 18, 1980, as a result of a scuba diving accident. He was 76 years old. His notoriety continued well after the war. (Sources: Pierre Astier and Wikipedia)

Sources: Club Ydral

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