A Brief History of the Marque
Ets. De Construction Générale Auto-Cycles
Paul Martin (Founded by his father Joseph in 1898)
122 av. Lacassagne LYON (Rhône)
From 1926 to 1957 New Map built numerous models with engines from Chaise, Blackburne, MAG, AMC, Aubier Dunne, JAP, Mistral, Sachs, Opti, Ultima and Zurcher of 48cc to 998cc capacity. These included diminutive mopeds, commuters, minicars, scooters, semi-enclosed "bathtub" styled motorcycles, high-powered tourers and racing bikes.
Established as a bicycle manufacturer in 1898 by Joseph Martin in Lyon, the firm built wheels for automobiles and aircraft landing gear during the first war. Joseph's son Paul had become an aircraft engineer during the war and, as became common in France at this time, ventured into the world of motorcycling. The fledgling marque's name was chosen, it is said, because it had an English ring to it and included the initials of its creator.
Many of the components were manufactured in-house as the machinery and techniques to do so had been under development for decades in the Lyon factory. Outsourced components were chosen more for quality than cost and the end result was very satisfactory.
The first machines were presented in 1926, six different models in all - three 175cc varieties with Madoz two-stroke engines, along with 250, 350 and 500cc machines powered by LMP and Anzani.
At the 1927 Paris Salon the New-Map stand displayed no fewer than eleven models - the Madoz two-strokes, LMP OHV models, and several with JAP sidevalve engines up to 600cc. All the machines had drum brakes front and rear when the majority of the competition were fitted with rim brakes.
There were also motorcycles by the same firm sold under the Paul Martin marque, small cars branded New Baby, three-wheel utilities named Solyto and also sold in Spain under licence as Delfin.
The P. Martin machines were fitted with Zurcher engines and were only available for one year ¹.
In the early 1930s they entered an agreement with MAG of Switzerland, the result being that they shared a letterhead and the New-Map and Motosacoche-France factories were next door to one another.
Shortly before the war they were asked to produce munitions for the French armed forces. Then the Nazis marched in and had them make grenades for the Wehrmacht, which must have been galling.
Postwar production began in 1946 and continued through to 1957 with mostly 125 and 175cc models. Competition in this sector was fierce, and with the advent of cheap cars they were forced to pull the pin at the end of the decade.
See also: New Map Models
1. newmap.nl says they were cheaper machines, with little chrome and all-black paint.
Good day. I have buy a motorcycle NEW MAP type C4T 142 with a engine AMC. Can you say me the year of production ? it is necessary to know that to have officials papers. thank you for your help
st chely d'apcher 48200 France
Hi, I have a New-Map from 1928 with a 350cc JAP engine but this is the only information I have. Can you give me more information about this model in particular? JoÃ£o Gondar
Hi recently found a slightly poor example of an AMC engine MAP 108CC machine in need of a refurb. Engine number B862 and an unusual registration number 88 N 63. If you are able to help with any information or copies of manuals etc that would be most helpful, there are several parts missing completely but it is a possible that this machine could be restored with information.
Aberdeenshire United Kingdom
Wed, 27 Sep 2017
votypka88 at seznam.cz
Hello, i have the New Map moto with LMP 350 ccm motor, I am looking for a more informations about this model and this motor (drawings about motor, prospects of moto, or motor, photos of other bikes - this model ) Please do you know which production year is this model and what is it's (model's) name? If You know some links with informations about them, or if you know some book titles, which can i buy about this model/mark/motor, i would be very happy. Thank you for feedback. PV
Nov... Bor Czech Republic
Thu, 27 Jul 2017
aquaman at lineone.net
new map / zundapp ??
Hello. Can you tell me did some early 1930's New Map motorbikes have a part cast iron frame that was shared with early 30's Zundapp motorbike? Regards, Jon Candy
Frome United Kingdom
New-Map-Zundapp-Forks-JCA.jpg posted to Comments
I can find no evidence of this, but that's not to say it's not possible. Why do you ask? Ed.
Sat May 20 2017
Sadiec at live.co.uk
Please could you tell me what year, CC and model this new map bike is. And if you have any other information relating to it. Many thanks
New-Map-c1949-AMC-qq-Sadiec-Detail.jpg posted in Comments
Sat May 20 2017
mackenzie-steve at sky.con
New Map AMC New map S100
Hi, looking to see if you know where I can get parts for a New map S100, fitted with the AMC 108cc engine
Sun Mar 27 2016
robin.downing at hotmail.co.uk
Aubier et Dunne engine no. 21228
New-Map 100cc moped CA1933 P. Martin Lyon, Cadre No 51365
I recently bought this lightweight 100cc bike with A&Dunne engine. I'm anxious to date this engine and bike and why it has P.Martin, Lyon on the headstock instead of New-Map. It has been suggested he was a main dealer. Both brake backing plates are marked New-Map.
Any help/suggestions much appreciated. Thanks, Rob
I attach (I hope) a few pics of my bike. The link you gave suggests that P. Martin owned the New Map company, probably at the time this bike was made. Perhaps he made a few machines with his name on the headstock . It has "New-Map" on both brake backplates the typical pierced fork links, and the large diameter rubber mounted rear sprocket I have noticed on a few other lightweights by this maker. Note, it has an incorrect front wheel on it at the moment and the petrol tank is not the original. Any info, especially on the year of manufacture, would be much appreciated.
Paul Martin is mentioned in an article on Motosacoche France.
Sat Feb 13 2016
bill.dilworth at btinternet.com
new map 99cc
Hi. Have seen 1938 New map 99cc 2 stroke. Has twin exhausts but not sure if twin cylinder. 2 speed hand change. Has French registration. Do you have any info and some idea of price range
Mon May 26 2014
smspendiff at hotmail.com
info on new map new baby motorcycle
new map new baby
Any idea why new map badge has p martin on it instead of new map
isle of wight , uk
Sat Jul 18 2009
jank at algatecdot com
could you help me - what kind of bike is it?
Sat Sep 13 2008
paulinealancross at hotmail.com
new map bl3
hi I am looking for a magneto slip ring for rb magneto on chaise engine or a good magneto for this engine thanks alan cross
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