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French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (E)

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

This page lists brands of which little historical information is currently available. There is also a page on really obscure French brands.
For a more complete listing visit the French Index.


E Fontaine
Built at 3 rue Lesueur in Le Havre in 1906 by M. E. Fontaine, the motorcycle has a 401cc engine. Following its sale by Yesterdays in 2004 it was restored between 2005 and 2007. It is believed to be unique.
Sources: bonhams.com, yesterdays.nl


E.C.H.M.
1930s
A 1933 model exists with a 100cc Stainless engine, with an AYA clutch in the rear wheel hub. It is fitted with an AMAC T41 carburetor, has 2 speeds, and has a MEA B 1 magneto. The seat is from Lamplugh.
The dealer plate on the front guard is by P. Felide, Le Coteau (Loire).
Source: amicidellemotobicisottocanna.blogspot.com


Écureuil
Joël Guilet designed the ERS for the Paris-Dakar in which it raced from 1987 to 1989. Using a BMW air-cooled twin housed in a a carbon-fibre frame which weighed a mere 6kg, it had a 64 litre tank which damped fuel movement with a foam bladder.
Source: moto-collection.org



Elan

ELF
1974-1985
The designer Cortanze with oil company Elf, and later in collaboration with Honda, built a variety of very successful racing motorcycles.
Source: wikipedia.nl




Elvish
Manufactured by Elvish-Fontan in Bordeaux. Another address is 64 rue de Livron, Pau, where they built bicycles.
Established in 1883 in England as a cycle company, production moved to France after WWI with famed cyclist Victor Fontan in partnership with M. Grosnier.
In 1929 they built a SV 250cc JAP powered motorcycle of quite modern appearance with saddle tank, drum front brake and girder forks. A Cucciolo-powered moped was presented at the 1951 Salon.
Source: Amis Terriens, Chez Alice, encycloduvelo.fr


Émeraude (Emeraude)
1902 6 Rue de Rennes, Nantes
Later at 20 rue de Versailles in Nantes
Manufacturer: G. Fournier
In 1907, Monluc de Lariviere and Sauzereau, manufacturers, motorcycle with 2hp engine
Bourdache p434


Epsom
Built by Ets Teyssot, 1950s
20, Rue Du Placieux Nancy (M. et M.)
Some models used Comet engines by Le Poulain, others Sachs or AMC.


Eriol
Manufactured by the brothers Jean and Claudius Martin in Charlieu (Loire), the first motorcycles were built in 1927, the 175 Type A.
From 1932 until 1939 they built motorcycles using Chaise, Stainless and JAP up to 350cc. The factory moved to Roanne in 1933 with premises at 43 rue Jean Jaurès and rue Poisson.
The firm also built bicycles, sewing machines, children's cars and kitchen appliances. Eriole is an anagram of Loire.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Etoile
1933-1939
Moteurs et Motocycles Etoile, Paris, built lightweights using 98cc two-stroke engines from Aubier Dunne and others up to 198cc.
Sources: Tragatsch p129, wikipedia.nl


Eyrant
Motocyclette with 2 1/4hp engine, 1904
Bourdache p434


Sources

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