French Motorcycles

Contal Tricars

A Brief History of the Marque

64 avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris

From 1906, Camille Contal built tricars with engines of his own and with Villemain engines. In 1907 a Contal took part in the Peking to Paris race, but failed in the Gobi desert due overloading. A 1911 machine was available with leaf-spring rear suspension as an option. The 1913 model was powered by a 5/6hp 90x90mm engine, and rear suspension was standard.

In 1909 and 1910 Contal built aeroplanes and an airship.

Gaston Rivierre took over Contal around the end of 1910, two years after closing the Rivierre firm. Contal folded in 1914, but M. Rivierre remained in the motor trade until his death in 1942.

Sources: Bourdache p433, François-Marie Dumas,, period literature.