French Motorcycles

Aster Motorcycle Engines

Brief History of the Marque

was a French manufacturer of automotive parts based at 11 Rue des Chaumettes, Saint-Denis, Paris.

For a period they also had manufacturing facilities in Wembley, UK, as Aster Limited

From 1900 to 1910 1 the company produced engines and chassis, and they also built complete tricycles and automobiles2. The firm, whose full name was Ateliers de Construction Mecanique l'Aster, exhibited 3 hp and 5 hp single-cylinder engines and a 12 hp twin-cylinder engine at the 1901 Paris Salon, and they exhibited a four-cylinder automobile chassis at the 1907 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.

Henshaw, Tragatsch
Graces Guide
Bourdache pp 75, 77, 80, 81, 121,315, 320.

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