Just before the First World War, Marcel Koehler and Jules Escoffier had only one goal: to build a racing machine and the result was the first Mandoline of 1913. The machine achieved a good reputaion and acquired the nickname Mandoline for the shape of the crankcase cover which housed the magneto, but after the loss of both fouunders it languished for some years.
The model was resurrected after the war, and a review of 1922 described the Mandoline as a true competition machine with an engine of 500cc, 16 HP, 120 kg, and capable of 120 km/h.
Courtesy Collection de Maurice Chapleur
Of the 230 machines in the collection some sixty motorcycles date from before 1914. It is the most important collection known in the world of these two- and three-wheeled pioneers. The Chapleur collection also contains many items related to the practice and maintenance of such vehicles. More information...