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Dollar Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Motorcycle production began in the early 1920s at Charenton, near Paris, and in 1927 the factory moved to Joinville-le-Pont. In later years the address was that of the Chaise parent company, Omnium Métallurgique et Industriel, 34 rue A.Lançon PARIS (13°).

Early Dollar machines were fitted with 125 to 250cc singles from Moser and later they used JAP and MAG, before switching to almost exclusively Chaise engines. Some models may have been powered by Zurcher.

The origins of the Dollar marque date back to 1850: Foucher and Delachanal mechanical engineers. In 1890 the business began construction of cycles under the brand "Omnium Spencer", and shortly thereafter began building Dollar bicycles, capitalising on the fashionable obsession of the time with all things American. The motor bicycles, powered by Moser 123cc engines, were presented at the October 1923 Paris Salon and were well received. The diminutive machines proved fast and reliable, and achieved many racing victories and several records. As Dollar already had an extensive agency network for their bicycles, market penetration was excellent and the new motorcycle marque thrived. In 1925 they added 175 and 250cc models.

By 1926 the range consisted of 12 models including a triporteur, all with Moser engines. In 1927 production moved from Charenton to a new factory in Joinville-le-Pont. That year the first Chaise-equipped machine appeared - this engine caused quite a sensation, having an overhead camshaft and hemi-spherical combustion chamber, and by 1929 production units were powered almost exclusively by Chaise.

Pride of the 1932 fleet was a 750cc unit powered by a Chaise V four, an engine which was later used in aircraft and which influenced the designs of several other builders in both Italy and France (notably the Majestic which had a close association with Delachanal). More on the Dollar V4...

The marque survived until the onset of war in 1939.

Dollar Models include:

  • 1924-27 Type CT 125cc & 175cc OHV Moser, chain drive
    1924-27 Type BT 125cc Moser 2-speed belt drive
    1924-27 Types DS, DSC 175cc Moser 3-speed chain drive
    1924-27 Types ET, ETC, ES, ESC 250cc Moser OHV
    1924-27 Type HS 350cc Moser OHV
    1924-27 Type GTR 175cc Moser 3-speed, Tri a Moteur, two wheels and cart at front, single driven wheel at rear.
    1927 Type I 175cc Chaise 2T
    1927 Type K 350cc Chaise
    1927 Type L 500cc Chaise OHC
    1928-30 Type I 125cc Chaise 2T
    1928-29 Type DSC 175cc Moser 3-speed chain drive
    1928-30 Type P 250cc Chaise 3-speed OHV
    1928-29 Type N 250cc JAP SV
    1928-31 Type O 350cc JAP SV
    1929 Type G3 250cc Chaise OHV
    1929-30 Type KSS Entretube, Chaise 350cc OHC
    1929-30 Type LSS Entretube, Chaise 500cc OHC
    1929-33 Majestic (not marketed under the Dollar brand)
    1930 Types P4, P4S, R4, R4S, S4, S4S appeared.
    1930-31 Type U 350cc JAP SV, Burman Gearbox
    1930-31 Type V 500cc JAP SV, Burman Gearbox
    1930-31 Type Y 350cc MAG, Burman Gearbox
    1930-31 Type X 500cc MAG, Burman Gearbox
    1930 Mobilette 100cc 2T
    1930 Type R2 350cc Chaise, twin-port
    1930-35 Type S2 500cc Chaise OHV twin-port
    1931-34 Type R4 Luxe 350cc Chaise
    1933-34 Type V4 750cc, 4 cyl shaft drive. [1]
    1932-35 Type P4 Luxe 250cc Chaise
    1933-35 Type P4S 250cc Sport, high exaust.
    1933-35 Types D2, D3 Velomoteur
    1936-39 Type P35 250cc Chaise
    1936-39 Type P36 250cc Chaise, inclined engine
    1936-39 Type R9 350cc Chaise, inclined engine
    1936 S4
    1936 S4S
    1936-1939 S536 Pullman
    1936-1939 S536 Standard
    1937-39 R9.2
    Type L, Chaise 500cc 4T
    Type R3, Chaise 350cc 4T

    N.B. Rear suspension and shaft drive was optional on all Chaise models 1930-34.

1. Production dates also listed as 1932-33.

In the mid-1950s Follis marketed motorcycles under the Dollar brand.

Sources: JLB Creations, yesterdays.nl, Cyclememory.org, amicaledollar.free.fr et al. (See French Resources

versace-25 a t hotmail.com
moto dollar 250 p 1930
i need two badges logo for restore deposit gasoline moto dollar 250 p

johndanker at home.nl
you can tell if this is from a Dollar motorcycle and what type
with thanks
Boukje Danker

    I suspect this is an aftermarket item from the 20s or 30s which could have been fitted to any make or model.
    Image posted to Comments

segundomariz at hotmail.com
Dollar R2 Chaise Motor
Please add the Amical Dollar website to the section on Dollar Motorcycles. Its a very good site and can help people who may have an interest in these relatively rare bikes. They make parts as well.
Segundo Mariz
Abbots Langley, Herts. United Kingdom

Wed Jul 07 2010
bonneville<at>dollar-motorcycles dot com
1934 500
we are a french team who ll go to Bonneville in 2011 with a Racing Dollar motorised by a 500 JPA for more informations : dollar-motorcycles.com (404)

Sat Feb 20 2010
nikolausrist at yahoo.de
Dollar 250 ohv
DOLLAR chaise motor
Hi, need copy or some owner manuel from a Dollar 250 ohv built 1930. Who can help me? Thank's
near Munich
Suche Papiere/ Kopieen
Dollar 250 chaise Motor
Hallo, suche Papiere/ Kopien von einer Dollar 250OHVoder Literatur. Wer kann mir helfen? Danke!

Fri Mar 06 2009
pjehanno at aol dot com
dollar motorcycle
dollar not sure 250 or the G 3
I have a picture of my grand father on a dollar motorcycle, but not sure
wich one it is ? and love to by the one on the picture .
new york USA

Thu Jan 22 2009
b.geutskens at hccnet.nl
Motorbike Dollar 1927
Dollar ESS 6 ?
I can buy a motorbike which looks like a Dollar, but has a Zürcher engine. Frame number 2644C engine SMAC B4 277 Zurcher. Year 1927.Has Dollar used Zurcher engines? Does the combination look original? Thank you, regards Ben Geutskens, Holland
Norg, Netherlands

Sat Feb 16 2008
ray at mcar62.myzen.co.uk
Dollar motorcycle
Dollar P2 250cc
The model I own and use is a 250cc O.H.V. Chaise engined machine.
Year of manufacture 1929.
Northumberland U.K.

Wed Dec 21 2005
j.brakke at hetnet.nl
Dollar Chaise 1927-1932 ???
I have a Dollar 350 cc.
Plaese i want moor information,can you help me? I live in Holland.
Gr Jan,

Mon Aug 29 2005
johnqian at gotadsl.co.uk
dollar motorcycle (french)
I have one in complete and untouched condition. It has the chaise engine. No picture at the moment. Interested persons may contact me.

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