A Brief History of the Marque
Address (1927): 80 rue du Dessous des Berges, Paris
Address (1928): 12 rue du plateau, Vincennes
"La marque qui s'impose par ses qualites, par ses prix" (The brand that stands out for its qualities, for its prices).
Founded by Marc Martin in 1926, the Vincennes factory's first model was a 175cc single. This basic model remained in production, with minor developements, for over a decade. In 1927 it was joined by a 250cc three-speed dual exhaust model and 1929 saw the introduction of a 500cc JAP model with Staub gearbox. This model was short-lived due to the financial crisis.
Shortly thereafter a similar model with a Chaise OHC 500 engine was introduced, the Type O. It was a handsome machine but tipped the scales at 145kg and apparently lacked performance, despite being advertised as capable of 115 km/h.
The Chaise 500 was a unit-construction OHC 490cc (87.7 x 85 mm) with dual exhaust ports, wet sump and three-speed gearbox. A beautiful engine, but it weighed over 50kg.
1926 175cc twostroke
1927 175cc twostroke
1927 250cc twostroke
1928 250cc Touriste
1928 350cc Sports
1929 Type RS 500cc
1930 Type O 500cc Chaise
Engines were mostly Staub-JAP, but they also used LMP, Chaise and Voisin.
Gearboxes were by Staub and Picard.
Sources: moto-collection.org, et al.
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