Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (N)

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

This page lists brands for which we currently have only an historical precis. There is also a page on really obscure French brands.
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Built in Nancy in 1955, these used VAP 57 twin-port two-strokes, of which 100 copies are believed to have been built. Other sources indicate that Nancia built (or rebadged) motorcycles as early as 1950 and as late as 1959, and that Lavalette engines were employed. Nancia sold rebadged Automoto 125cc machines.
Lucer was the manufacturer, and the Lucer Triton (Type 592 or 593) moped was sold under the Nancia marque.
Dealers included R.Idoux cycles of Rhaon L'Etape (Vosges).
Sources:,, et al.

Built in Saint-Etienne 1960-1961 using 110cc Mistral engines.
Source: Motos dans la Loire

Motorcycle engines manufactured by Établissements Chapolard - Goubet et Fils, based in Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain)
The firm supplied engines to its parent company, Radior, and also to other firms including Follis, Hirondelle, Hurtu, Lucer, Saarperle, Talbot, Tendil and Verlor.
Engine Models:
Type B 100 cc two-stroke single-speed
Type C 100 cc two-stroke single-speed
Type D 100 cc two-stroke single-speed
Type E1 125 cc two-stroke single-speed
Type E2 125 cc two-stroke single-speed
Type E3 125 cc two-stroke single-speed
Type G1 125 cc two-stroke four-speed
Type G2 125 cc two-stroke four-speed
Type G3 125 cc two-stroke four-speed
175cc two-stroke 62 x 75.5 mm
250cc two-stroke twin
See also Radior
Sources: OTTW, Cycle Memory

Built in Néva, Grenoble 1926-1927 using 347cc OHV Anzani engines.
Source:, Tragatsch p226

Nil Supra
Baras et Pascault, 35, rue Victor-Massé, Paris.
1906. Motorcycles similar to those of the Alcyon catalogue of that year.
Bourdache p440


Built by Mr. Georges Vincent, Fabrique de Motoris, Place Canclaux, Nantes, who traded from 1919 to 1959. Ninon motorcycles were fitted with engines of up to 500cc with OHV.

Advertising literature from 1923 stated Imp. Charles COLLAS & Cie, Nantes, in addition to the Vincent name and address. These machine were fitted with Sicam engines.

Sources: La Moto Francaise,

Nord Loire
Manufactured by Ets Suquet & Faith frères of 111 rue Nationale, Lille.

  • Cyclomoteur Mistral 1954
    Type M 125, Ydral, 1954
    Type Ms 70, Lavalette 70 engine, 1954
    Type M70, Lavalette 70, 1954

Source: Motos dans la Loire


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