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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.
For a more complete listing visit the French Index.

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


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


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


Norlux Type 147, Briban engine. Mentioned as appearing at a salon in 1952.

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