French Motorcycles

Thomann Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque
Made in France from 1921 to 1955*
Gentil et Cie
88 avenue Félix-Faure
Nanterre (Seine)

These machines were built in a variety of capacities and featured elephants in their logo. Some models had AMC engines, and others had Zurcher.
They also built 100cc BMA machines - Bicyclette à Moteur Auxiliaire - which were much cheaper to run as there was no registration fee, and later 50cc VAP-powered cyclomoteurs.

Eventually they merged with Gentil, and were later acquired by Alcyon who continued to produce motorcycles under the Thomann marque. At this point, Thomann, Alcyon, La Francaise, Diamond and others were the same motorcycle with different brand names.

Models include:

  • 1928 Type Grand Tourisme 175cc 2T 3-speed
    1928 Type Sport 175cc 2T 3-speed
    1928 Type Populaire 175cc 2T 2-speed
    1928 250cc 2T Populaire
    1928 270cc 2T 4PS
    1928 175cc ohv Zurcher
    1928 250cc ohv Zurcher Super Sport
    1928 350cc ohv Zurcher Super Sport
    1928 350cc sv Touriste
    1930 Supersport 5cv 500cc OHV 3 speed
    1951 Model n°19, 175cc AMC 4T
    1951 Model n°20, 125cc Zurcher 2T
    1952 Model n°21, 125cc AMC 4T
    1953 Model n°23, 125cc Zurcher 2T
    Model n°50, 48cc VAP 4 two-stroke
    1955 Model n°57, 125cc OHV

One source gives manufacture dates as 1923-1954
The marque was not associated with Jean Thomann, but appears to have originated with Alphonse Thomann.

Sources: JLB Creations, Cyclememory.org

Mon, 02 Apr 2018
stevelightmotors at gmail.com
Thomann 250cc 1925

Hi. Just looking at the Thomann which has stood idle for far to long now in our collection. Frame No 605 - Engine No 7755. Any info on the 250cc or interested parties in this bike would be appreciated. Steve Light
United Kingdom

Fri Oct 07 2016
landgrafmario at gmail.com
Thomann 350sv
Hi, i have a Thomann from 1929 in (original Condition)
But i need some Info's about this nice Bike

Sun Jul 06 2014
colrockley at me.com
Thomann VAP4 moped proof of age.
Thomann VAP4
I have just had an application for an age related plate, (currently on a Q), rejected. Its on a Thomann 48cc VAP4 engined moped that the NACC has dated from the engine number as 1952. I have been asked for original factory records, (!), or a Glass's guide extract to confirm the age. There is virtually no evidence of this bike existing let alone the proof they are asking for. The bike seems to have been produced for one year then rebranded to 'Alcyon'. Again there is virtually no reference to this either. Can anyone help provide the relative information, it's been 8 weeks since I sent the application off and then to have it return unsuccessful is frustrating. Has anyone else had this problem? The DVLA website hasn't been updated but the letter says due to recent changes the DVLA aren't now taking club ageing certificates as proof of date of manufacture. Cheers

Dec 4th 2012
I have acquired a 250cc two-stroke Thomann, titles as a 1927.  Runs well, and was restored in orange and grey. Has a typical 20's French tiny generator and lights. Brakes on rear only, but it is not so fast anyway.
--Oregon John 

From the French Motorcycle Forum

Wed Jan 19 2011
rival17<at>hotmaildot com
Thomann CS 500
Fully restored. 
What is value?

Try the page on Classic Motorcycle Valuations.

Fri Apr 13 2007
eu at emanuelbarbosadot com
Mistery 1920's motorcycle
Hello, I own a 1910/1920's motorcycle but I don't know the brand. I was told that it was an AUTOMOTO 175cc but I'm not sure. Can you please help me to identify it? Thanks!
Porto, Portugal
Yes, I got some emails about it, it seems it is a Thomann
Hello, I own a 1920's Thomann that I intend to restore. If someone can help me with pictures, parts, etc. I will be very thankful.

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