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A Brief History of the Marque

Motorcycle production began in the early 1920s at Charenton, near Paris, and in 1927 the factory moved to Joinville-le-Pont. In later years the address was that of the Chaise parent company, Omnium Métallurgique et Industriel, 34 rue A.Lançon PARIS (13°).

Early Dollar machines were 125 to 250cc singles from Moser and later they used JAP and MAG, before switching to almost exclusively Chaise engines. Some models may have been powered by Zurcher engines.

The origins of the Dollar marque date back to 1850: Foucher and Delachanal mechanical engineers. In 1890 the business began construction of cycles under the brand "Omnium Spencer", and shortly thereafter began building Dollar cycles, capitalising on the fashionable obsession of the time with all things American. The first machines, powered by Moser 123cc engines, were presented at the October 1923 Paris Salon and were well received. The diminutive motor bicycles proved fast and reliable, and achieved many racing victories and several records. As Dollar already had an extensive agency network for their bicycles, market penetration was excellent and the new motorcycle marque thrived.

By 1926 the range consisted of 12 models including a triporteur , all with Moser engines. In 1927 the first Chaise-equipped machine appeared - this engine caused quite a sensation, having overhead camshafts and hemi-spherical combustion chambers, and by 1929 production machines were powered almost exclusively by Chaise.

Pride of the 1932 fleet was a 750cc unit powered by a Chaise V four, an engine which was later used in aircraft and which influenced the designs of several other builders in both France (notably the Majestic) and Italy. More on the Dollar V4...

Sources: JLB-Creations, yesterdays.nl et al.

Wed Jul 07 2010
bonneville<at>dollar-motorcycles dot com
1934 500
we are a french team who ll go to Bonneville in 2011 with a Racing Dollar motorised by a 500 JPA for more informations : dollar-motorcycles.com

Sat Feb 20 2010
nikolausrist at yahoo.de
Dollar 250 ohv
DOLLAR chaise motor
Hi, need copy or some owner manuel from a Dollar 250 ohv built 1930. Who can help me? Thank´s
near Munich
Suche Papiere/ Kopieen
Dollar 250 chaise Motor
Hallo, suche Papiere/ Kopien von einer Dollar 250OHVoder Literatur. Wer kann mir helfen? Danke!

Fri Mar 06 2009
pjehanno at aol dot com
dollar motorcycle
dollar not sure 250 or the G 3
I have a picture of my grand father on a dollar motorcycle, but not sure
wich one it is ? and love to by the one on the picture .
new york USA

Thu Jan 22 2009
b.geutskens at hccnet.nl
Motorbike Dollar 1927
Dollar ESS 6 ?
I can buy a motorbike which looks like a Dollar, but has a Zürcher engine. Frame number 2644C engine SMAC B4 277 Zurcher. Year 1927.Has Dollar used Zurcher engines? Does the combination look original? Thank you, regards Ben Geutskens, Holland
Norg, Netherlands

Sat Feb 16 2008
ray at mcar62.myzen.co.uk
Dollar motorcycle
Dollar P2 250cc
The model I own and use is a 250cc O.H.V. Chaise engined machine.
Year of manufacture 1929.
Northumberland U.K.

Wed Dec 21 2005
j.brakke at hetnet.nl
Dollar Chaise 1927-1932 ???
I have a Dollar 350 cc.
Plaese i want moor information,can you help me? I live in Holland.
Gr Jan,

Mon Aug 29 2005
johnqian at gotadsl.co.uk
dollar motorcycle (french)
I have one in complete and untouched condition. It has the chaise engine. No picture at the moment. Interested persons may contact me.

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