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French Motorcycles

Mistral Engines

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1952-1959
Le Mistral, 27, rue du Mont - Saint Etienne
Founded in 1952 by Ets Gravelais, Boudol et Cie, the firm built two-stroke engines of 48cc to 110cc. Winsmith of Finchley, London was the British importer.

Mistral Engine Types include:

  • 50 E 48cc
    50 E 2 48cc
    56 A 48cc
    56 B 48cc
    56 BV 48cc
    56 C 48cc
    100 E2 98cc
    110 E2 110cc

Mistral engines were sold to numerous companies:

  • Aquila
    Aubron
    Baby moto
    Benoit Faure
    Bonnefond
    Captivant
    Cazenave
    CNC
    Chaplait
    Chemineau
    Cocymo
    Delaplace
    Follis
    Fonlupt
    Gerfaut
    Gitane
    Guiller
    Herrad
    Jean Gallet
    Jeunet
    La Gellette
    Libéria
    Longoni
    Métropole
    New Map
    Piat
    Racer,R adior
    Reinor
    Rhonson
    Robust
    Royal Codrix
    Simco
    Singer
    Slaugui
    Souverain
    Stella
    Siphax
    Talbot
    Tendil
    Troto
    Vampire
    VBF-Cyclorev

As with so many small motorcycle companies, financial difficulties arose in the mid-fifties and it was forced to close in 1959.

Sources: Motos dans la Loire, Cycle Memory, calamine.fr, period literature


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