French Motorcycles

Macquet Motorcycles and Triporteurs

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1951-1954
Louis Macquet,
58-64 rue de Dunkerque à Armentières (Nord)

Louis was a mechanical engineer who built industrial trolleys and specialised in tyre retreading, while his wife ran a motorcycle shop selling a number of different marques including AGF and Motobecane, as well as sidecars.

In 1949 they began building scooters, three-wheelers and mopeds powered exclusively by Ydral engines of 123 and 174cc, with many other components being constructed in-house. The carrier boxes for the triporteurs were built by a local carpenter. The 175 motorcycles did quite well in local competition.

By 1950 sales were going well, with engines being ordered in batches of 5 and 10 at a time.

1953 saw the presentation of a new type of three wheeler which owed some of its concepts to Motobecane and Lambretta. It appears that there was a marriage breakup in 1954 which resulted in a halt to production, and the same year the motorcycle store closed.

Sources: Club Ydral, Tragatsch, moto-scooter-annee50-60.over-blog

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Tripod Macquet S2 from 1953-1954. Here is more information, due to these in memory of Pierre Astier: Louis Macquet is indeed the first manufacturer who discovered the talent of the young Georges Agache. Louis Macquet, in his small factory, 58-64 rue de Dunkerque in Armentiļæ½res (Nord), marketed what he called a "Motocar", that is to say an AGF scooter on which was grafted to the " A sort of scooter box (like Italian Vespa sorting). It will also market its small motor bikes Ydral in 125 and 175, with a suspension first sliding then oscillating. He will therefore ensure the services of G. Agache and his inseparable accomplice Fernand Tiers. Agache, will make a prototype Ydral 175 engine with 125 (?) Rod and reversed cylinder (forward carbuct and exhaust aft). The engine was very high in the frame and the motorcycle took, according to its designer, 120 km / h. At Bow 51, on the handlebars of this proto labeled Macquet, G. Agache will rank 3rd in 175. At the 1952 Bol d'Or, the Maccabees were piloted by the Godin brothers. Christian (the same one who was present at the AG of the club in Jouy on September 9, 2007) ranks 11th and the other Godin 27th out of 39 competitors. In 1953, it is the victory for the Macquet of service and a place of 5th in the classification all displaced, which is remarkable. I think the bike was the one with the copper fins and the exhaust on the side. It was piloted by André Nebout because G. Agache had taken his hand in his grinder and had not been able to start. The dynamic firm will close its doors in 1954 and it is AGF who will take over the Bol d'Or. Georges and Eliane Agache have often spoken to me of the fat Monsieur Macquet (he suffered from gout) and his very charming wife. ................ French L. MACQUET MACQUET That mark has published advertisements in the press. Témoin cet encart trouvé dans un Moto-Revue des années 50. Witness this box found in a Moto-Revue 50s. Pas d'autre information que ceci, issu de l'encyclopédie mondiale illustrée de E. No other information that this stems from the World illustrated encyclopedia of E. Tragasch : Macquet (France) 1951-1954. Tragasch: Macquet (France) 1951-1954. Motos équipées d'un cadre moderne et de moteurs de 123 et 174 cm3 . Triporteur equipped with a modern and engines 123 and 174 cm3. On peut supposer que ces moteurs étaient des Ydral, comme indiqué sur la pub. It can be assumed that these were antique engines, as shown in the pub.