French Motorcycles

Léon Bollée Tri-Car

A Brief History of the Marque

More like a car than a motorcycle, Léon Bollée named his machine a Voiturette to distinguish it from his father Amedée Bollée's steam-powered vehicles. At the time, these diminutive 650cc tandem two-seaters were the fastest things on the road, winning a variety of French road races at speeds of up to 28mph. The 1897 Leon Bollee Tri-car had a top speed of over 60mph. At that time the speed limit in some countries was only 12mph.

Engine: Maybach Phoenix (?)
Carburettor: Spray type
Ignition: Hot tube ignition
Gearbox: Three speed
Starting: Hand crank
Tyres: 21 x 300 on beaded-edge rims


Fri Apr 21 2006
Email re Amédée Bollée & sons withheld at writer's request.

Thu Nov 17 2005
yves.bollee at
Voiturette Léon Bollée
Le moteur de la voiturette Léon Bollée est une version monocylindre du moteur Bicylindre consu par son frère Amédée Bollée fils mon arrière-grand-père

Translation: The motor of the voiturette Léon Bollée is a version monocylindre of the motor Bicylindre consu by his brother Amédée Bollée sons my great-grandfather

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