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Motorcycles at the Paris Salon of 1902

The Salon opened on December 10th 1902 and closed on Christmas Day.


PROSPER LAMBERT, Nanterre, shows a motor-bicycle for racing purposes of huge dimensions. It has a 12 h.p. De Dion engine, with large water-cooling tank and centrifugal pump. The drive is by a 2½in. flat belt on to an immense pulley on rear wheel axle. The tyres are 4in. diameter, and wheels about 26in. Very high speed capabilities were claimed for the instrument.

GEORGIA KNAP, Troyes, shows the "Knap" gear-driving motor-bicycle in three powers, ¾, 1¼ and 2 h.p. The principle on which this machine is constructed has been described and illustrated in "M. C." recently. The 1¼ and 2 h.p. machines have duplicate forks and Bowden brakes fitted, and Dunlop tyres on Westwood rims. The light touring machine has the tanks cased over with a canvas cover.

Further information: Georgia Knap

The "UNIVERSEL" two-cylinder motor-bicycle is one of the most interesting features of the motor-bicycle exhibits. It is remarkably compact and light, and the motor develops three horse-power. It has combined flat belt and chain drive. The motor is clamped in between the main and down tubes. A spray carburetter is used. On this stand several small motors, both air and water cooled, are shown. This machine is made by Porteus Butler, 24, Passage de l'Opera, Boulevard des Italiens, Paris.

More information: L'Universel

The "ATLAS" co., Usines Prunel, 4. Rue de Paris, Puteaux, show a standard pattern De Dion quadricycle. The motor is of 4½ horse-power, with water-cooled head, and the radiators for cooling the circulation water are mounted at the ends of the tank. The controlling levers are placed well forward on the horizontal tube.

Continued: Atlas

The HAUSTGEN Co., 103, Boulevard d' Italie, Paris, make two types of machines, a 1½ and 2 horse-power air-cooled, and a 1½ and 2 horse-power water-cooled motor. The motor is mounted in a good position in front of the bracket. The drive is by means of a chain. The cooling tank carries about seven pints, and the carburetter is a simple type of spray, with suction feed...

Continued: Haustgen

The "PEUGEOT" motorcycle, as might be expected, is one of the best-made and finished machines in the Show. It has a vertical motor of 2 horse-power. The carburetter is a special type of Longuemare, and the motor is placed in an excellent position in front of the crank bracket. Ignition is by coil and accumulator, and power is transmitted by twisted hide belt...

Continued: Peugeot 1902-1903

The GRIFFON Co., Courbevoie, show a very light touring motor-bicycle with a Clement motor fixed on the main tube. The petrol tank is carried on a pair of duplicate front forks. The coil is placed behind the diagonal, and the battery slung from the horizontal tube. The drive is by a small diameter hide belt, with jockey pulley adjustment. A back rim and front tyre brake is fitted. The weight of the machine complete is 65 lbs., and the price comes out at the very low figure of £30.

THE C.F.C. motor-bicycle is a well designed machine, made by the Company Francaise, 7, Rue Darboy, Paris. The motor is 1¾ h.p., and is fitted vertically between the main tubes. The petrol supply tank is fixed on the back forks. Ignition is by coil and accumulator, and drive by means of a round hide belt...

Continued: Company Francaise

The "ROUE AUTOMOTRICE" machine is made by Gaston Rivierre and Co., 28, Boulevard de Courbevoie, Courbevoie, Seine. This machine is of remarkable design, having a four-cylinder motor, in which the cylinders alone rotate with the wheel. Thus there is no chain or gearing...

Continued: Rivierre

J. CARREAU, 93, Avenue des Ternes, Paris, shows a motor-bicycle, in which the motor is placed vertically in a loop frame. This is known as the No. 2 Model, and can be supplied with a De Dion or Aster motor of 1¾ or 2¾ horse-power. The machine illustrated has a water-cooled head. A spray carburetter is used, and high tension ignition is fitted. Drive is by means of a flat belt. The carburetter is of the float feed spray type....

Continued: J. Carreau

The BRUNEAU motorcyclette is oonstructed by P. Bruneau and Co., a´ Tours (Indre-et-Loire). It has a vertically-placed motor of 2 horse-power. The frame is of a good rigid design, with extra horizontal tube. The carburetter is of the spray type. The transmission of power is effected by a chain...

Continued: Bruneau

The "ROUE MOTRICE" machine is the invention of G. Boivin, 14, Rue Girardon, Paris. It bears a striking likeness to the English Singer motor-bicycle, inasmuch as the motor, carburetter, etc., are contained within the wheel. The wheel axle is driven by means of reduction gearing from the motor shaft. Two patterns are made...

Continued: Boivin

L'AUTO-CYCLETTE GARREAU, 43, Rue Lemarois, Paris, show a remarkably light and compact motor-bicycle. The motor develops 1¼ h.p., and it only weighs about 101bs. The firm claim that this will do 45 kilometres in the hour —over 30 miles— and climb hills of 1. in 8 or 9 without use of the pedals. The petrol tank, carburetter, coil, and accumulator are contained in a case supported from the horizontal tube...

Continued: Garreau

1902 Paris Salon, Part Two

"Le Bichrone" Two-Cycle Motor. - This remarkable little motor was shown at work on one of the underground exhibits at the Paris Show. It works on the two-cycle principle, and fires every revolution. The spray carburetter supplies gas to a small cylinder connecting with the crank case, and on the up stroke of the piston a supply of gas is drawn into the crank case through a valve, and compressed when the piston descends, which is also the firing stroke. When the piston reaches a certain point in its stroke, a port is opened in the cylinder, and the compressed gas rushes in, and at the same time forces out the exhaust through another port in the lower part of the cylinder. It has an external flywheel, with the belt pulley on the inner face. The motor fits neatly into the angle formed between the diagonal and down tubes of the bicycle, and it can be adapted to any roadster machine. The motor is made in two sizes, 1½ and 2¼ horse-power, and is priced at £13 and £15 respectively. The Paris Agency for "Le Bichrone" is 28, Rue Demours.


The Lesprillier Motor-Bicycle. - This machine has a 2¾ h.p. motor placed vertically between the main tube and diagonal. It drives by means of a round belt. The carburetter is a spray type fed from a petrol tank, placed in the fore part of the machine. The coil for ignition is placed in front of the diagonal, and the accumulator is strapped on the back forks. Regulation of speed is effected by spark advance and throttle valve. The weight comes out at about 100lbs., and price £37. The depot for this machine is 22, Avenue d'ltalie, Paris.


The "Bonhomme" Motor-Bicycle. - This machine was exhibited at the Paris Show. It has a 2 horse-power motor placed vertically between down tube and diagonal. The ignition is by coil and accumulator. Lubrication is effected by means of a small force pump. Either a Longuemare or Roubeau carburetter can be fitted, the first named running on alcohol if desired. The petrol tank has a capacity for two litres, sufficient for 80 to 90 miles running. The drive is by means of a round leather belt. Two brakes are fitted, a tyre brake for front wheel and Bowden rim for back wheel. The price is £34, and makers are J. Bonhomme et Cie, 6, Rue St. Marc, Paris.

Bonhomme 1902

A. Desgrouas, of Chamarandec, Seine-et-Oise, show an extraordinary novelty in L'Axe moteur-bicycle. This machine has the motor fixed in a horizontal position inside the rear wheel. The motor is held on the left hand compression stay, and drives on to a large roller pinion wheel, to which the driving wheel is spoked, so that there is no hub in reality, but the large pinion is kept rigid by distance pieces, having rollers on ball-bearings. The motor can be thrown out of gear by a clutch worked from handlebar. An outside flywheel is used, and a remarkable innovation is a small rotary fan to help to cool the cylinder. The ignition is by coil and accumulator, and a Longuemare carburetter is used. Control is effected by four levers fixed on the handlebar. The motor is of 2 b.h.p. A silencer of large dimensions is used, and it is remarkable how compactly the system is arranged.


Fournier and Knopf, Rue Lafayette, show four motor-bicycles and one "Avant-train," two-seater. Two of the bicycles are of American build throughout, and are named the "Thomas" and "Dayton" respectively. The other machines appear to be built up with American frames and French motors and equipment. One of them has a "Star" motor of 2½ h.p., placed vertically, well forward on the down tube. A heavy outside flywheel is used, and a wide flat belt drive fitted. Carburetter is a simple form of spray. Only a single band brake of great power is used, this being fitted on rear hub, and worked from the handlebar. Pump lubrication and coil ignition are used. The other machine has a 2 h.p. Buchet motor fixed vertically between bracket and down tube. This has a spray carburetter, single lever control, and V belt drive. The Avant-train has a vertical 4 h.p. motor, Star make, with outside flywheel, and water-cooled head. The motor is clamped to a single tube, which forms the main tube of frame. Drive is by a 1in. gutta-percha belt. Only one brake is fitted on this machine.

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The Auto Fauteuil is the first two-wheeled "car" that we have yet seen, and it is not such a freak as one would be at first inclined to consider it. The framework is low, the rear wheel being 23in. in diameter, and the front wheel 19in. Upon the usual saddle lug is fixed a tubular framed seat, so that the armchair motorcycle has really arrived! The engine is a 2¾ De Dion air-cooled motor with a clutch on the motor axle sprocket. A starting handle is provided, and the motor is started, and then the rider takes his seat, and places his feet upon a pair of pedal-shaped footrests. A half turn of the right handle throws the clutch in by means of a Bowden wire, and the machine starts off.

The motor is fed through a spray carburetter, and control is effected through the sparking advance and throttle levers. A compression tap is also provided. The power is conveyed through a chain on to a large sprocket on the rear wheel. A band brake is applied to the front wheel The petrol tank will hold nearly a gallon, and is placed under the top tube, with the battery case below it, and coil on back stays. A very large silencer hangs below the frame. The price is £ 60, and the makers are P. Gauthier and Co., 59, Avenue Saint Gervais, Blois. It is claimed that in the event of the need for a stoppage of the machine, such as traffic, the rider can throw out his clutch, and put both his feet to the ground, the engine being allowed to run. This is one of the real novelties of the Show.


G. Pécourt, 33, Rue Brunel, Paris, stages eight motor-bicycles, the special features about them being the Vaxvis carburetter, which is a very simple form of spray float feed, and a very powerful band brake worked by a Bowden wire. The motors are all mounted on the main down tube, on the Minerva principle.


Society "Liberator" Pantin have several motorcycles on show, including a tricycle and quadricycle. One of the bicycles has a Romania motor, and is fitted with single lever control. The tricycle and quad are fitted with water-cooling, the radiators lining arranged at the ends of the tanks. An extra powerful band brake also calls for special notice. This is worked by a peculiar type of compression lever on the top tube of the frame.


Society La Francais, Rue de la Grande Armee, Paris, show the Diamant motor-bicycle. This has a 2 h.p. vertical engine, held in clamps between the bracket and down tube. A Longuemare spray carburetter is used. Control is effected by four levers, placed well forward on the top tube of frame. The frame is strongly built, with an extra horizontal tube, duplicate front forks are fitted. A Bowden back rim and front tyre brake is used. Ignition and lubrication are effected on the usual lines. This machine is listed at £35.

La Francaise

Peugeot Freres, Paris, have a very large stand, mainly showing ordinary bicycles, but six motor-bicycles are exhibited. The motors are mounted in two positions : one pattern being the inclined position inside the frame, and the other vertical, the motor crank case connecting the down tube and bottom bracket. A Longuemare pattern carburetter is used, and twisted hide belts are used throughout. A belt rim brake is used in addition to a front tyre brake. Controlling gear is simple and well disposed. The inclined motor pattern has a novelty in silencers, this being an aluminium box forming part of the motor clamp casting for the frame. The exhaust is brought into the box by a short pipe connection. The ignition works on the usual high tension system. 26 inch wheels are used throughout, fitted with Dunlop tyres.


Automobiles Rochet, of 74, Rue de Folie Régnault, Paris, show motor bicycles and tricycles made after the Chapelle patents. The tricycle has some very novel features, including belt drive on to the rear wheel, with two-speed gear. The fore carriage is very comfortable, and fitted with a simple wind screen for the feet - this is a feature that could be adopted with advantage by British makers. The single-speed motor-bicycle has a vertical 2¼ h.p. engine, held by a special bridge piece which joins the tube permanently, and to which the crank case of motor is bolted. The carburetter is fixed fight over the inlet valve, and is very neat in design. Speed regulation is effected by throttle and spark advance. A neat silencer of effective dimensions is used, and Bowden back and front rim brakes are applied to the wheels. Coil and accumulator are fixed in compartment of the frame tank. An extra good finish distinguishes the machines. The single-speed machine is priced at £35; the two-speed at £42, and the two-seated at £62.


L. Delachanal, Paris, shows the Omnium motor-bicycle, with 1½ h.p. motor fixed vertically in between the down tube and diagonal. A simple type of spray carburetter is user, and single-lever control is fitted. Ignition is of the usual high tension system. There are in features that call for special comment.


E. Vauzelle-Morel and Co., Paris, have something new in direct-drive motor-bicycles. This has a 2 h.p. engine, filled in as part of the left-hand rear fork. The main engine axle passes through the back wheel hub, and a large fly wheel is fixed on the outside. The drive is taken off the valve cam shaft, and thence is taken to a gear wheel on the hub. The carburetter is of the F.N. type. Duplicate front forks are fitted and control is effected by a single lever on the top tube. A very comprehensive collection of accessories was shown here...

Continued: Vauzelle-Morel

Werners, Ltd., Rue de la Grande Armee, Paris, has perhaps the finest show of motor-bicycles in the exhibition. About 30 machines were staged, and these were equipped with all the 1903 improvements, the most notable being the carburetter adjustments for air and throttle control. The new contact breaker is fitted to most of the machines. In this the trembler blade is partly encased in an aluminium box with mica window, and the platinum contacts are easily adjustable from the outside. The machines are finished off in many different shades of enamel. Michelin tyres are fitted throughout. The "Auto-Velo" trophy is on show. This is a handsome bronze figure mounted on a plush-covered pedestal, and, along with the medals gained by the firm at various exhibitions, considerable interest is created. The touring machine is priced at 975 francs (about £39).

Werner 1903

Clement and Co., Paris, have a complete line of ordinary cycles, motor-bicycles, motor carrier tricycles, cars and one chassis. The motor-bicycles include the well-known featherweight pattern and a new 2 h.p. design, and the two-cylinder and four-cylinder racing machines. The motor carrier tricycle is a distinct novelty. The motor fitted is the new 2 h.p. The carrier is very capacious. The car chassis has many points of interest in the design. These include the new dynamo ignition, Mercedes type radiator with rotary fan for forced draught. Two light voiturettes are shown, one finished off in crimson lake and the other in dark green, the latter being a four-seated vehicle. No very special features are embodied in the designs of these vehicles.


Humbers, Ltd., Beeston, have an immense array of cycles of all grades. One standard pattern motor-bicycle is shown. The special features of these machines are well known from the recent London Shows.

Humber 1902-1903

Lamandiere et Cie., Levallois Perret, have a very fine stand with no less than 20 of their standard machines on show. The details of this machine were described in the Stanley Show report. A carrier tricycle with 2¼ motor is a novelty.
Lamandiere & Cie

Cottereau et Cie., Levallois and Paris.

In addition to numerous cars this firm shows a rather neat motor-bicycle. The tank is stowed away behind the saddle. The carburetter is the Swiss "Souvarain," magneto ignition is used, and the transmission is by belt.


Fabrique Nationale, Avenue Malakoff, Paris, show the standard F.N. motor-bicycle with all the recently introduced features. The new F.N. four-seated car is an object of great interest. It is a splendidly finished vehicle, the dark green finish and burnished brass work showing off to advantage.

FN 1902-1904

On the stand of the Hurtu Company of Paris, is a motor-bicycle with the engine of 1¾ h.p. placed in an upright position in front of the bracket. The motor is fed through a spray carburettor of the F.N. type and a laminated V-shaped belt conveys the power. The inlet valve is in a dome, held in position by a stirrup piece. A compression release tap is provided, and a lever for opening it is carried to the top of the tank. The tank is large, but the coil looks curiously small. Brake power consists of a New Departure back-pedalling hub and a spoon brake on the front tyre.


Terrot et Cie., Dijon, have a show of live motor-bicycles and one 8 h.p. car chassis. The motorcycles are of two patterns with loop and connected frames, the motor being placed vertically. The engine is of 2 h.p. and a Stcnos spray carburetter is used. A special novelty on these machines is the fast and loose pulley with belt shifter, worked by a finger lever from the top tube. Two brakes are fitted ; a front rim and Next Departure back brake. The front brake lever acts also as a contact breaker. A throttle valve of special design is fitted. Lubrication is on the pump system. Price 850 francs (or £37).

Terrot 1902-1904

Griffon, of Courbevoie and Paris, has a most interesting display of motor-bicycles. These include a standard 2 h.p. machine, with vertical engine fitted between the down tube and bracket, with twisted belt drive. A Longuemare carburettor is fitted, and a powerful belt rim brake is used for the rear wheel and lever rim brake for the front. Another pattern, with engine similarly arranged, has a gear and pedal chain-drive on to a two-speed back hub. This is worked by a small lever on the top tube. A third pattern has the motor of 1½ h.p. arranged on the Minerva lines. The famous racing motor bicycle, as used at the Gaillon Hill, Chateau Thierry, and Deauville meetings, is shown. The engine is of huge dimensions, and it is noteworthy that the cylinder is minus radiators, but there are very large ones on the head. The belt used is of a special type, having right thicknesses of leather and being pinned throughout its length with steel rivets, like a chain. The petrol tank is of very small size, torpedo shaped, to reduce wind resistance.


Motor-Cyclette "Breuil," depot 35, Avenue de la Grande Armee, Paris, has a motor of 2 horse-power fitted in the frame, the crank case being connected to the tubes by special lugs. It has a round belt drive and single lever control. Ignition is by coil and accumulator, this being carried in a case supported from the top tube. The petrol tank is placed behind the saddle, and has a capacity of three-fourths of a gallon. Brake work is rather flimsy, only a front tyre brake being fitted on the machine illustrated, but the catalogue states that an extra back rim brake is provided. The carburetter is a special Longuemare. Wheels 26in. diameter, fitted with the French Dunlop tyres. The finish is fairly good, and price comes out at the low figure of £39


Lurquin and Coudert, Rue du Faubourg, St. Antoine, Paris, have two patterns of motor-bicycles exhibited. One of these has the motor placed vertically in the frame, being clamped about the centre of the down tube. The motor is of 1¾ h.p. , and the drive is by a flat belt. The carburetter and battery case are placed in the angle between the horizontal and diagonal tubes. An F.N. carburetter is fitted, and in this pattern a lubricator and pump is attached to the top tube. The other pattern has the motor fitted in a special frame, the crank case being bolted to special lugs. Ignition is by coil and accumulator, these being placed inside the tank case compartment. The control of the speed is by means of a spark advance lever working across a kind of ratchet. Two brakes are used, namely, a Bowden back and front tyre brake. The weight comes out at about 8olbs. The motor set can be purchased separately, and the complete machine comes out at £34

Lurquin & Coudert

The "Stimula" auto-bicycle, made at the Ateliers de la Grosne, Saone-et-Loire, is made on lines that are fairly familiar in England. The motor is of 2 horse-power, mounted in a loop frame, with extra horizontal tube. Large radiators are a special feature. A spray carburetter and high-tension ignition are used, and the sparkplug is placed in the centre of combustion chamber. Control of speed is effected by a single lever placed just behind the head clip. The brakes are good, a back-pedalling rim brake for rear wheel, and hand-applied rim brake for front wheel being provided. The weight of the machine is 93lbs., and price £35


A. Souverain et Cie, 41, Avenue des Abattoirs, Geneva, exhibit a well-designed motor-bicycle, fitted with magneto electric ignition. The motor develops 2¼ b.h.p., and is placed in an inclined position in a neatly designed loop frame. The drive is by a twisted hide belt, and a jockey pulley is used for tensioning, this being worked by a lever front the horizontal tube. A simple form of spray carburetter is used, this being fitted close to the inlet valve. The petrol tank and lubricator pump are fixed behind the back forks. The magneto is driven by a piece of cased-in gearing from the two to one shaft, and the ignition can be advanced or restarted to control the speed. A powerful back rim brake is fitted. The weight of the machine is about 90lbs., and the price £ 34. The general finish and workmanship are good.


A. Chauffourier et Fils, Rue Palikao, Paris, show the "Royal" chain-driven motor-bicycle. This is particularly neat in design, and has a 2 b.h.p. motor, with water-cooled cylinder and air-cooled head. There is a small secondary pinion arm from the motor axle; this also carries a chain sprocket, and embodied in this piece of gearing is a ball-bearing friction clutch actuated by a lever from the top tube. A float feed carburetter with throttle valve is fitted, and the petrol tank is of large capacity. The rear chain wheel is spoked to the rim in addition to being secured at the axle. The sparking plug is placed in the centre of the head. Weight of complete machine is 70lbs., and price £40. A motor set on the above principle is also made for attachment to an ordinary roadster bicycle.


G. Jouclard, Dijon, shows several particularly neat and well-finished motor-bicycles. They have the merit of lightness, being only 66lbs. weight complete. The motor develops 1½ b.h.p., and has a bore of 63 mm., and stroke of 65 mm. Transmission of power is by round belt. The frame is specially designed, and the motor is clamped to a bridge piece between the bracket and down tube, and placed in a vertical position. The ignition is by coil and accumulator, these being carried behind the diagonal tube. Petrol tank is placed on the rear forks. A special form of spray carburetter is used. Two brakes are fitted - a Bowden rim brake for back wheel, and tyre brake for front. Speed is controlled by advancing or retarding the ignition. The machine is claimed to be equal to a speed of 25 miles an hour. Price comes out at £ 30 only.


The Gladiator Co., Paris, showed a 3 h.p. twin-cylinder motor-bicycle. The motor is of the Clement type, and drives by means of a triangular section belt on to the rear wheel. The petrol tank is fixed behind the saddle, and supplies the motor through a spray carburetter. Two powerful band brakes are used, one being fitted to each wheel hub. Ignition is by means of coil and accumulator, these being carried in a case supported from the horizontal tube. The wheel base of the machine is of good length, and the general finish of the machine is excellent. The weight comes out well under 100lbs.


Laforge and Palmantier Freres, 33, Avenue de Wagram, Paris, make a speciality of a 2 h.p. motor-bicycle possessing some special features. The motor is placed vertically in front of the crank bracket, and is supported in a very rigid manner, the crank case and cylinder being bolted to a circular bridge piece at the end of the main tube, and also supported by a short extension piece at the bracket. The carburetter is a special form of spray. Ignition by coil and accumulator, the coil being clipped behind the diagonal. Two very good rim brakes are fitted, the rear one being a Bowden, and the front a pull-up lever. A pump lubrication system is used, and the speed of motor is controlled by spark advance and throttle. Drive is by means of a flat belt. Price £34.

Laforge & Palmentier

Henry Bauchet, of Bethel (Ardennes), is making a light car on popular lines. It can be fitted with any desired power of engine from five up to eight horse-power. The engine is placed forward, under a long bonnet, and the drive is through a clutch and a knuckle-jointed shaft to the rear axle. The two-seated car has a pair of bucket seats side by side, the driver's being on the right or "off" side, and having in front of it the inclined steering pillar and wheel steering, and all control levers handily situated. The tonneau back is supplied in a detachable form. Three speeds and reverse are provided, all actuated by a single lever, and there is ample brake power. Wood wheels are fitted, and every effort has been made to turn out a reliable machine, free from troubles and tricks. The chassis sells at about £120, according to engine power; whilst the completed car sells at from £170 upwards.


Vinet, N'euilly, show three complete cars and one chassis. Two of these cars are handsome closed-in vehicles, with four seats. These are fitted with two-cylinder "Aster" motors of 12 h.p., and three speeds are provided, giving 16, 28 and 50 kilometres per hour. The carburetter is of the Longuemare type. The drive on to the rear wheel is by chain from the differential shaft which is mounted in the gear box. Framework is of ash and channel steel. Two powerful band brakes are fitted to the back wheel. A silencer of large dimensions is a good feature. The car is well sprung, and all parts are easy of access. Wheels are of equal size. The ignition is on the high tension coil system. The four-seated voiturette is finished off in white, and is a fine looking car.


The "Quadri-Voiturette Suspendu" is rather a quaint looking vehicle, being practically a glorified quad. The frame is tubular, and the 4 h.p. Aster or De Dion motor is placed right at the rear, it is water-cooled, and the power is conveyed direct to the differential, a change of speed being provided, but no reverse. The two passengers sit in the fore-carriage, and the driver sits on a single bucket seat with a wheel steering pillar, his position being much akin to that on the Eagle tandem. Ample brake power is provided, and the road wheels are of the cycle type. The great point of the vehicle is the accessibility of the whole of the mechanism. The weight is about 5 ½ cwt., and the price is £110. In another pattern the two seats are placed at the rear, the driver's seat being on the right. The makers are Boulet et Cie, of 42 Boulevard du Temple, Park. An illustration appears below.


The De Boisse Voiturette, which we illustrate, is a three-wheeled car for two persons, built on a framework of tubing. The front wheel is made in the disc form, and the motor is fixed above it and develops 3½ h.p. ; or a 6 h.p. motor can be supplied. The engine is water-cooled and driven by a chain. The one long arm which comes from the steering head to the driver's seat is the steering lever, and all the control levers are brought within reach. The rear wheel axle is carried well behind the car, so that a good wheel base is obtained. The price is 3,100 francs, or about £120. We must say that the machine is not at all pretty, the engine being in an awkward position, and we should think the passengers would enjoy rather more smell than they desired.

Levassor & De Boisse

C. E. Henriod and Co., of 15, Rue du Marche, Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, show a well-designed 6 h.p. voiturette. The car is erected on a tubular frame, and it fully deserves its title of "The Simplon," for neatness and simplicity have been fully attained. The machine is gear driven, having three speeds and reverse. The carburetter of this firm is a speciality, as it can be used with either petrol or alcohol. The car sells at about £150. Wheel steering on an inclined pillar is provided, and the wheels are of the artillery pattern. Altogether a very fine car, and cheap at the price.

Henriod C.E.

Motorcycle exhibited at the Salon in 1902; supplied engines to Bagys.
Bourdache p146

Light motorcycle engine presented at the 1902 Salon
Bourdache p432

René Gillet Exhibited a single-cylinder motor at the 1902 Salon but being unknown to the organizers he was relegated to a corner of the first floor. In 1903, he returned to the show and began to achieve recognition.

1 Motor Cycling, Dec 17th, 24th and 31st 1902. Courtesy Howard Burrows via the Early Motorcycle Literature group.

2. Bourdache