A Brief History of the Marque
40 rue Sainte Genevieve, Lyon
Machines date from at least as early as 1900 when they built a water-cooled tricycle. Four known examples of the marque exist at Musée Henri Martre, Rochetaillée-sur-Saône (near Lyon), at Musée château de savigny les beaune, and in the Collection de Maurice Chapleur in NE France. The fourth was part of the Guélon Collection
In addition to complete motorcycles, Claude Givaudan built engines in Lyon and supplied them to Terrot, L’albatros, La Francaise Diamant and New Century of St Albans in the UK, among others. He also built aircraft engines including a V8, and was a pioneer aviator. His aircraft were not successful, and a famous aviator of the day said that he only had one fear: that it would actually take off. To the trained eye, however, images of his flying machines bring to mind ideas used in modern aircraft. It appears Claude Givaudan may have been something of a visionary.
In 1910, Givaudan won the Eiffel prize of the Aero Club of France and the first prize of the Aero Club of Belgium.
In 1912 he founded a military school for aircraft mechanics in Lyon (apparently the first in the world) taking the role of director.
From 1904 to his death on the 30th October 1945, he was secretary and vice president of the Aero Club of the Rhone.
Givaudan is mentioned in "The Motor" of Dec 1903
Both Henshaw and Tragasch list a British-made Givaudan, but not a French one. Under Terrot, Wikipedia also referred to Givaudan as British but this has since been corrected.
The entry for Givaudan UK expands on this possible error.
Sources: Bill Phelps
Mon Jan 18 2010
wcsphelps at gmail.co.uk
Givaudan not known
A manufacturer from Lyons, France who was more well known for his aero engines than his motorcycles. He supplied engines to other manufacturers such as Terrot.
Thu Oct 06 2005
dirk.praet at reklaamblad.be
Please notice you did use a photograph of my bike Givaudan: this is not a British bike but a French bike 1904 from Lyon. In France there was also Givaudan, made by F. Givaudan, for testing engines being an aviation pioneer
(Dirk is mentioned in the article by Bill Phelps)