French Motorcycles

Stella Motorcycles & Mopeds

A Brief History of the Marque

Established 1909 in Nantes as a bicycle company.
Built motorcycles from 1922 to 1953
M. Aublay
1bis rue de Clamart
Previously at 1 rue d'Issy Billancourt, and also at 21 Chausee de la Madeleine Nantes.

Prior to WWII the firm built heavy touring machines powered by Staub engines and lighter motorcycles with Moussard two-strokes. In the 1950s they produced mopeds in Nantes.

Models include:
BMA 98cc 1920s
C7 Pyrénées 250cc 1930 to 1931
G Touriste 350cc 1930 to 1932
G Sport 350cc 1930 to 1932
HB 500cc 1932

Cyclomoteurs of the 50s include:
Type N° 1 B, ABG VAP two-stroke 49.9cc
Type N° 549 VAP 55
Type N° 550 Junior Le Poulain 49.9cc
Type N° 553 Vap 55/3
Venetta 1959, 47cc Sachs 2-speed, motorcycle styling, dual seat, moped. Later models had 3-speed Franco Morini engines.
In the 1950s they also built the rather attractive Isoflex lightweights.
Poketmo miniature motorised bicycle, 2-speed Sachs Saxonette 1.3cv engine, weight 27kg.
Other models include a Minimoped with a 49cc Lifan four-stroke and electric start, and the 1980 Pachito 50cc.

Stella bicycles were acclaimed, and Louison Bobet won Le Tour on a Stella in 1953.

There were several other Stella marques including a German machine built in the late 1950s, an Italian Stella by Max Turkenheimer, another built in Treviso, and an American Stella which is probably a rebadged Asian machine (avail 2019). See Disambiguation

Sources: JLB Creations,

Sun Jun 01 2014
harleyman3 at
Spare parts
Stella 1925?
Hi, I've almost finished the restoration of a Stella motocycle, do you know anything about these bikes? I need a nut for the head stock, it looks like 26.5mm(??) and a kick start return spring for the Staub gearbox, any ideas. The bike belongs to a local moonshine producer who bought it in 1928.
Bordeaux Fr

Tue Nov 16 2010
braunipit<at>aoldot com
Stella Veneta
1980 Mini Kito
Hello, can't find any informations about my Stella Veneta with a 49ccm Motori Morini Franco engine. Does anybody has any informations and tech details about it?
Germany, Bavaria, Weiden

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