Manufactured in Switzerland 1899-1957
A Brief History of the Marque: Motosacoche
Henri and Armand Dufaux founded Motosacoche in Switzerland in 1899. The Geneva factory began production of machines with small bicycle engines and soon advanced to the production of MAG-engined motorcycles of 250cc to 1000cc. Achieving world records in 1927, and racing success in 1928 with a grand prix machine built by Englishman Dougal Marchal and ridden by fellow countryman Wal Handley, the marque became enormously successful in the interwar period.
FRENCH RIDER'S FEATS
World's Records Claimed
PARIS, September 29
Marchand, on a 550 c.c. Motosacoche motor-cycle, claims to have beaten the world's 50-mile and 100-kilometre records at Montlhery, achieving the former distance in 29min. 37.85sec, and the latter in 33min. 26.49sec.
The Daily News (Perth, WA) Fri 30 Sep 1927
Motosacoche had factories in Switzerland, France and Italy, and supplied MAG engines to other manufacturers including AJW, Allegro, Brough Superior, Clement... see MAG Engines for a more complete listing.
The French factory was established in the 1920s to overcome the problems with exchange rates, as the Swiss-built machines were becoming too expensive for the French market. The French factory is discussed here: Motosacoche France
Sources: JLB Creations, Wikipedia, Henshaw
Research / information
I have a MAG engine whose photo with a construction number I send, thanking me for the special favor of letting me know what engine it is and what the approximate value for me to sell.
Obrigado pela atenção que me dispensou!
Pensei que tinha enviado foto com o número de motor, que é 2 CV II 31425. Vou tentar enviar foto...
Sim, o aspecto do motor não é bom porque esteve abandonado, pelo menos, 50 anos no sótão de minha casa, ali deixado por meu pai que faleceu em 1970.
Na verdade, o que pretendo é saber através do número do motor quantos c.c. tem, e tentar saber qual o valor aproximado para tentar promover a sua venda ou leilão.
Pode ajudar-me, por favor?
Muito obrigado uma vez mais.
José Manuel Henriques
MAG-1c9-K10-DaH-0 images posted to Comments.
Try the Condor Club
Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, auf Ihrer Internet seite befindet sich ein Motosacoche Motor mit Zahnradabtrieb. Von wem ist dieser Motor. Ich habe einen Motosacoche Motor mit primÃ¤r Zahnradantrieb. Foto anbei. Peter
On your website you will find a Motosacoche engine with gear drive. Who is this engine from? I have a Motosacoche engine with primary gear drive. Photo attached.
Hello, I´m restoring my Motosacoche with motor no. 1C9M1, OVH 500 cc. I would be very happy if someone can inform me of what kind of needle (roller) bearing (type, designation and fabrication) you used at the piston rod big end. You can answer in francais/german if you like. Best regards Conny
Sat, 26 Aug 2017
thedrewitts at hotmail.co.uk
M A G unknown engine
I have just aquired a M A G v twin engine number 63438 2c9a. I would like to know the year this engine was made please.
Hockley Essex United Kingdom
Sat Jun 06 2015
ian.burnham at waterflood.com
Motosacoche Single cylinder
I would like an idea what this is worth.It turns over fine and has compression
Engine number MT 12659
Mon Mar 30 2015
mike797 at btinternet.com
Motosacoche 8HP. 1000cc vee twin
Any and all information required to assist restoration of 1919/23 Motosacoche 8hp 1000cc vee twin.
Sat Dec 07 2013
motosacoche 425 1933 500cc
Can anyone help me with balancing the 425 500cc MAG engine.
Sun Jun 02 2013
MAG 500 ohv
Hello, I would like to sell this Engine in good conditions, is it mag 500 ohv, price is 2000 euro.
Wed Feb 20 2013
ich suche ein Getriebe für einen Motosacoche 1000 bj. ca 1920
modello motosacoche Type 2C 9A 8HP GRAND LUXE
Wed Aug 08 2012
kimv<at>btinternet dot com
Removal of entry
Motosacoche R14 1929
You were good enough to place a plea for me ( Jan 25th 2007 - Motosacoche ),
I have now managed to complete most of my research and know what the machine is. I have also managed to get the bike fully registered.
I enclose some photo's that you may wish to use - there are others on Flickr : Motosacoche Staub ( search ).
The bike - I firmly believe - is a 1929 Motosacoche-France Special. Not made for the market but for testing various Bloc-Moteurs prior to decisions being made on a suitable candidate being chosen for a new motorbike. This is during the interim period when New-Map purchased Motosacoche-France.
If you have an interest in expanding your Motosacoche Section then I have an article that only requires finishing and credits added. This gives a suggested history of Motosacoche-France/New-Map around 1929-1930.
Sat May 19 2012
helton2<at>bigpond dot com
mag motosacoche type 1045 srlx 100
can you offer any info on this stationary engine
Fri Apr 06 2012
MIKEANDMELONY2010 at GMAIL.COM
M.A.G WATER COOLED TWIN
I have new unused, unrestored M.A.G. water cooled v-twin engine from early 1900's. Looking for information on it or if anyone would be purchasing it. Any help or direction of who I might be able to get in touch with would be greatly appreciated.
Wed Dec 14 2011
Looking for some spare parts
Motosacoche Mt model, 1909
I write from Spain because I am trying to complete a Motosacoche MT model (1910) with Dufaux engine. I am looking for the next pieces: subframe (which supports the petrol tank and engine), petrol tank, belt tensor (tensioner?), and exhaust. I need the Magneto too: a Bosch type DA1 model.
Thank you very much for your atention.
Sun Jun 26 2011
Motosacoche D 350 super sport
1928 D 350 OHV elad.
Mon Mar 01 2010
Motosacoche D50 szupersport
I am Karnok Attila, from Hungary i found it Motosacoche D50 sport engine. According to me those 4 existing pieces. 350ccm OHV was an engine in him.
The engine incomplete no his cranked house.
I send a photo from the found state of the motorcycle.
This type is a probable type tallying with your engine.
Help it would like to be asked, from motorcycle more photos. Maybe if he interests somebody I would sell the engine.
With thanks: Karnok Attila
About the mystery pioneer single monocylinder engine shown on your site, I think it's a Motosacoche 1905 MT which has a atmospheric inlet and mechanical exhaust (225 cubic centimeters). Another version has been built in 1907
but this one is the former one.
All my best
Mon May 11 2009
mike at infinityedm dot com
309cc single 2 stroke
I have a mag engine in a 1968 snowmobile. Do you have any info on snomobile engines?
Tue Sep 23 2008
j-geraldojunior2008 at hotmail dot com
My friende have a motosacoche, maibe 1905, to be restaured, for sale.
Brazil, RS,Porto Alegre
Mon Mar 03 2008
tricyclucar at telenet.be
Instruction book MAG engine
Morgan 1921 Family
Try the page of resources for Books and Manuals
Sun Mar 02 2008
starssadar at hotmail dot com
I'm desperately looking for a high-def picture of the Motosacoche logo. Do you have one? If you have a good paper logo could you sacn it? Thanks a lot!
Geneva, home of the motosacoche ^^
Sun Dec 09 2007
domcas30 at cegetel.net
Motosacoche 314 A
Bonjour, aimerais connaître année de sortie de ma 350 Motosacoche 1C14 H9 n° moteur 305891, n°cadre 19582 et avoir caractéristiques réglages de ce moteur (avance,débit huile...) Merci
[What year, 1930?]
Hi, i don't know ...do you know? Don't want to keep it (sadly) , i've a lot of brit bikes and want to swap it for an old Velo, norton....Another picture....Cheers
Sun Apr 01 2007
rudge-racing at tele2.ch
OHC Works racer
Here is a picture of a very, very rare works racer . i believe only 3 exist. and a D 50 super sports
not sure about years of the sacoch but 29, 30 i'm sure ,here is also a kohler escofier,hope spelling right,and my own Rudge UGP 1929 at the Klausen hillclimb, (21,5 km,6000 ft)
here are a few details on Swiss makers:
ZEDEL 1901 - aprox 1910
COSMOS aprox 1900
Desplands and co ,model tourist aprox 1903
Tadeoli made in Geneva ca 1901
Bonnet + Jaccard aproxx 1900
Moto Rêve 1904 - 1925
Zender 1923 - 1940
i can recomend this book
"Töff-Land Schweiz" ISBN 3-908007-72-5
Also the motoosacoche works racer i sent is the only existing one left, it is an A35 1928
another engine has been descoverd and a bike is being built around it
Thu Jan 25 2007
kimv at btinternet dot com
Motosacoche r14k 1929
or r9K with Staub /JAP engine
hi. I have just ( after 5 years of searching ) found the make and model of one of my bikes. I am looking for information / contacts that will enable me to restore this bike and to be able to make it live again. Can you help? Thankyou
26th January 2005
Motosacoche 1910 listed on Ebay UK
This is your chance to purchase and own a veteran motorcycle at an affordable price . This little 4 stroke machine uses a motosacoche unit fitted to little more than a bicycle frame ! So is interesting to ride !!
It has been on the pioneer run and comes with a pioneer certificate that validates this machine as 1910 .
It runs well, has a lighting kit which I have never used and is a good entry for the pioneer run as it is very rare . You see lots of triumphs etc but I am told very few Motosacoche have survived .