French Motorcycles

Zurcher Motorcycle Engines

A Brief History of the Marque

Zurcher engines were fitted to many motorcycles including:

Zurcher 1910 250cc 2hp
Photo by Hans Denzel

Originally a Swiss company, Zürcher & Lüthi (Zédel, or ZL) built their first motorcycle engines prior to the turn of the 20th century at Saint-Aubin-Sauges in Switzerland, then in 1903 built a new facility across the border in Pontarlier in France in order to avoid import tariffs. In 1905 the Swiss factory was closed, and the Zedel marque effectively became French, producing rather fine automobiles until the onset of WWI.

In 1907 the Swiss factory resumed production, but closed again in 1908.

Cars were produced after the first war in 1919 and 1920.

Zedel had a French subsidiary based at Ferrière sur Jougne which was acquired by Alcyon in 1906.

Zurcher Engines
Models include:

Zurcher :
  • AS (100cc)
  • AS2 (100cc)
  • K (175cc)
  • L (250cc)
  • M (350cc)
  • MT (350cc)
  • MS (350cc)
  • CS (500cc)
  • Sources: Tragatsch, Wikipedia, Cycle Memory et al.

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