French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (I)

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.

M. Hertel was a renowned cycling champion who rode under the name of Baron Impetus. He presented a motorcycle at the 1901 show
Bourdache p437

The firm merged with Automoto, and is also associated with Terrot. The engines they built were used in Automoto and Christophe motorcycles.
They became part of the Peugeot concern in 1967, and the premises were sold to the Japanese company Koyo in 1999.

Source: Motos dans la Loire


Built by the SNCAN aviation company in Lyon from 1953 to 1956 and similar in concept to the Messerschmitt, these were fitted with Ydral 175cc two-stroke engines. Prototypes had folding front wheels to facilitate storage but this was no used on production models, of which there were some 200. Sales continued until 1961.

Sales were handled by Gefscofi S. A., 45, Bd Haussmann Paris.
Source: 3wheelers.com

A. and G. Morelle, 12, avenue de la Grande Armée, Paris. Factory in Saint-Gobert (Aisne).
Built motorcycle(s) with water cooling. Possibly related to Succès.
The story is a little confused as Haustgen also built Iris motorcycles with their own water-cooled engines at this time.
Source: Bourdache p436, 437

Cie Générale d'Électricité
5 rue Bourdreau, Paris
Tricars 5 and 6hp, 1906
Bourdache p437


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