Brief History of the Marque
Aster was a French manufacturer of automotive parts based at 11 Rue des Chaumettes, Saint-Denis, Paris.
For a period they also had manufacturing capabilities in Wembley, UK, as Aster Limited
From 1900 to 1910 1 the company produced engines and chassis, though it is not known if they built complete cars or motorcycles2. The firm, whose full name was Ateliers de Construction Mecanique l'Aster, exhibited a four-cylinder automobile chassis at the 1907 Paris Salon.
Among the companies for which Aster produced power units and other parts were Austral 3, Gladiator and Arias in France, and British marques Argyll, Century forecars, Clement, Dennis, Singer, Swift, West and Whitlock. They also supplied engines to a number of American firms and to the Russian-built Starley of Saint Petersburg.
Most of these engines, which included a 335cc single, had horizontally split crankcases made from bronze.
1. Henshaw gives 1898-1910, as does Tragatsch.
2. Tragatsch (pp 78-79) says they built three-wheelers, cars and motorcycles.
3. Aster possibly marketed an Austral model under their own name.
4. Other addresses listed: 74 Rue de la victoire, Paris, and 33 bld Carnot.
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