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.

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