Bernardet Motorcycles

Bernardet Scooters and Sidecars

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1949-1957 1
104 avenue de la République
Chatillon sous Bagneux (Seine)

The history of the firm dates back to 1921 when the brothers René, Robert and Roger Bernardet built their first sidecars and presented them at the Paris, Berlin and Geneva shows. They supplied sidecar bodies René Gillet.

The Bernardet company was founded in 1932, and the brothers continued with racing and achieved commercial success until 1940 when the production of civilian models was interrupted. After hostilities ceased a small number of sidecars were produced until 1948. Several cars were produced but none achieved government authorisation (due, it is said, to the brother's resistance to the communist-dominated government of the early post-war years) and the factory switched to scooter production, building 15 models over the years 1947 to 1959.

Bernardet Models

A.47 128cc Ydral, prototype
A.48 125cc Lardy Ydral engine
B.49 125cc
B.250 250cc 1949-1951 250cc (versions 1 & 2)
BM.250 250cc
C.50 125cc Ydral, probably their most popular model.
E.51 125cc (several versions, some with Ydral engines)
E.51 250cc 1951
Y.52 125cc (also sold as Hirondelle)
Militaire (3v.)
Militaire 1953 250cc 8-speed
Cabri 50 1954
Cabri 85
Cabri 98 L6
Cabri 98 Servomatic 125cc
Cabri 98 M60 1955-1956 (several versions)
Guépar 125cc single
Guépar 125cc twin 1955-1956
Guépar 200cc twin 1955-1956

The scooters employed engines by Ydral and Marcel Violet (creator of the Sevitame), and some 125cc & 250cc powerplants were made by Bernardet themselves.

Le Poulain acquired Bernardet in 1954 and continued producing scooters, some of which were supplied to one of the major Belgian firms which marketed them as Gillet, the original name of Gillet-Herstal.

1. The company closed in 1959

See the excellent site devoted to the marque: bernardet.com

Sources Cyclememory.org

Sun Sep 28 2008
mpt at nusurf.at
need Help
Bernardet C50
I looking for Tank / Whatch / Exhaust /Spare wheelcover and Spare wheel to complet my c50 .
Need also detail drawing from Gurtner carb . 
Hope you can help me .

Paolo Monti from Austria
Schlusselberg , Austria

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