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Benjamin Motorcycles

Founded in 1921 by Maurice Jeanson in Asnieres, the company had a retail store in boulevard Montmartre, Paris. A second factory was built in the mid-1920s in Gennevillier. Their first products were cyclecars, and later they built bicycles, automobiles and motorcycles until 1931 when the company failed.

An image of a 250cc single built in 1926 shows a single-port two-stroke with "BENJAMIN" cast into the primary chaincase which also extends to the front of the engine to drive the magneto. It has belt drive, with brakes on the belt rim (no front brake), a flat tank and the gear lever mounted on the frame just above the gearbox. The carburettor is on the right side of the engine.

A 1930 advertisement describes four motocyclettes, at least one of which has a JAP engine.

Bourdache goes to some lengths on his blog to explain the relationship between Benjamin and Soyer. ............... Benjamin was a car brand founded in 1921 by Maurice Jeanson and whose factory and offices were in Asnieres. The company also had an exhibition hall in Paris, boulevard Montmartre. The production began with cycles-cars then cut two places with four-cylinder engines. After the construction of a second factory in Gennevilliers, the company was restructured in 1927 to become Benova. The reconversion to motorcycles and bicycles did not save the company from bankruptcy in 1931. The frame plates illustrated an automobile. As recalls the catalog, "you will find more expensive, but you will not find better"! ...............

Sources: zhumoriste


March 6, 2002
Name: Jorge Grave
Location: Portugal
email: jorgemgrave at mail.telepac.pt

Comments:
I got an old moto named Benjamin, I think of the begin of 1900 and I would like to restore it. Have you any reference of it, photos, where to get the original engine or something related?
Please, inform me .
Thanks
Jorge



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