French Motorcycles

Brief History of the Marque: Buchet

Manufactured from 1899
168 avenue Daumesnil, Paris (1)

Buchet built motorcycles, tricycles and quadris under this brand, and also built engines for tricycles and motorcycles.

One of their motorcycles, produced around 1905, sported a three-cylinder V engine. To date it is unclear whether they built it themselves or it is actually an Anzani, whose one V3 appeared a little later. An example of this remarkable machine was in the Guélon Collection.

Baileul, Presto, Walter and numerous other a French marques used engines from Buchet.

Graces Guide writes,

  • "The Buchet was a French automobile manufactured from 1910 until 1930.

    The product of a firm which had been known before World War I for producing automobiles, aircraft and motorcycle engines, it was first offered in a 12/20hp model with a 1996cc motor. Post-war 1,131cc and 1,551cc cars were produced; these remained in production, largely without change, until the company closed due to the onset of the great depression . Introduced at the end of the company's life, the final model was a 1,737cc six-cylinder automobile.

    Buchet engines were fitted to British motorcycles Avondale and Charlton, the latter fitted with a 402cc engine. Another British machine, the Powerful from Coventry, was fitted with a 2.35hp Buchet."

Elie Victor Buchet was born in Nantes in 1860. He died in Levallois in 1902.

Report from the 1903 Stanley Show

La Societe des Automobile Francaise
are exhibiting latest pattern Buchet engines. This firm have the control of the 1904 Euchet engines for the whole of Great Britain, and in addition to the engine they are showing a frame with double top tube and brass tank, which is especially suitable for the Buchet motor when fitted in a vertical position. A fine showcase of accessories of the very latest type, embodying a new handle-bar switch which is extremely neat, is shown, and many other accessories which will be of great interest to motor cyclists. (Stand 13.)

The Motor Cycle, Nov 25th 1903

1. 15 rue Greffulhe, Levaloiis in 1900. (2017 Wikipedia information differs).

Graces Guide
Bourdache numerous references (pp 95-98 etc)
The Motor Cycle