A Brief History of the Marque
Manufrance, St Etienne
Hirondelle machines were built by Manufacture Francaise d’Armes et Cycles de Saint-Etienne (Manufrance) and often displayed an MF logo.
Established in 1885, Manufrance was France's first mail order company, with an annual catalogue, known as la Manu. It offered a wide range of products, the most famous being guns, bicycles and sewing machines. After WW2, the company introduced cyclemotors and mopeds, with some success.
The 1914 Hirondelle Legere had a 332cc Manufrance SV engine, and was available with sidecar or voiturette remorque (a trailer with seat).
1947 Model B - Ultima 2T 121cc (52 x 57 mm)
1950 125cc 3 speed, 105,000 francs.
Model n°60 of 1953-1954 was a Bernardette scooter type Y52, rebadged.
The 1959 125cc model had an Ydral engine
Sources: BuyVintage.co.uk, Cyclememory.org
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Hirondelle 1948 125m3
Barnfind without papers. Was stored for over 35 years. Was running at that time. Engine is not blocked but didn't try to start it.
The frame number is 3293
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