French Motorcycles

Paloma Mopeds & Scooters

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured by Etablissements Michel Humblot
40 Bd Félix-Faure
Chatillon-sous-Bagneux (Seine) ¹

From the early 1950s until 1969 Paloma built stylish machines with engines of 49cc to 123cc using two-stroke engines from Lavalette and Rene Gillet. In 1960 they offered Vesuvio, Strada, and Super-Flash models equipped with Franco Morini engines.

Other models:

Spécial Johnny Hallyday
410S 1972-73
510 1972-73
P.500 SS c1955 49cc Lavalette two-stroke
P.708 1954 Lavalette
P.1250 1954 125cc

Paloma Scooters
Early in 1954 Humblot Ets revealed the first version of their new scooter, the P.708 powered by a 3-speed Lavalette. The P.1250 appeared later that year at the Paris Salon with a 125cc engine.

The marque acquired by Cazenave in 1964, and the Paloma was produced at their factory in Belin.

There is quite a good history of Paloma, including information on the 1972 revival attempt, at the National Autocycle and Cyclemotor Club


1. Elsewhere it is described as "the Saint-Ouen company", which is on the other side of Paris.

Sources: Cyclememory.org, Amis Terriens et al.

Sat, 30 Dec 2017
sebrown67 at gmail.com
Paloma Lavalette 50

Hello there I[m looking for a air filter for my Paloma moped its got a Lavalette 49 cc engine with a gurtner d12 carburettor 508 the part numbers that I got out of the maintenance manual are 6285 for metal air filter and 6221 for the seal ring can supply photos of the carb if needed hope you can help thanks Shaun
Shaun brown
Plymouth United Kingdom

Mon, 25 Sep 2017
darcy at richgill.plus.com
Paloma Ser No 169520 49cc

Are you able to tell me the year of manufacture of a:- Paloma Moped 49cc S/N 169520' Reg 164 AUU Lavalette Engine AML 50/2 S/N 513449. Earliest tax disc I have is 1960
Richasrd D'Arcy
Wincanton Somerset United Kingdom

    Sorry, have very little Paloma serial number information. Hopefully one of our readers can help.

Mon Mar 19 2012
bandeak<at>gmail dot com

paloma pal
Where can I buy one had on e in the'60s

Sat Dec 31 2011

paloma dasl
hi,do you no of any parts avalible? cheers

Thu May 13 2010
sandra.garry<at>gmail dot com
Looking for piston rings
Paloma Moped 49cc AML "50"/2 FR
Hello there,
I would be most grateful for your help with my enquiry. I live in Ireland and would appreciate any advice you can give me in relation to the availablity of parts for the Paloma AML "50"/2 FR. Please see attachment for diagram and details of request.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Frank Garry
Navan, Co Meath, Ireland

Wed Dec 30 2009
derbifenix at hotmail dot com
paloma p500
hola que tal.hace 2 años me compre un ciclomotor..he descubierto que es una paloma p500 alguien me puede dar informacion de este ciclomotor no tiene amortiguadores...vivo en españa islas canarias (tenerife) gracias...

Paloma-P500-Lavalette.jpg posted 1001

Fri Apr 11 2008
robert.warry at ntlworld dot com
Paloma Lavalette "depose"
Can anyone tell me where I can get spares for this bike !!!
Portsmouth England

Fri Mar 14 2008
B5B6B7B8 at hotmail dot com
paloma moped
I am trying to for a Paloma moped. I don't know the model it just says Paloma. The motor has GYROMAT MORINI F. on it though. Any iformation would be awsome.
Sam Russo

Wed Jun 21 2006
vince.sharkey at burton-college.ac.uk
Spare parts
Paloma 49cc cycle 1950s
Can anyone find parts for this model?
Burton on trent, UK

Wed Sep 28 2005
coles42sj at aol dot com
paloma moped 1965
i am looking for spare parts ( piston rings ) and others

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