French Motorcycles

Rares cyclomoteurs et motos français

Notes on some quite obscure French marques

This page lists brands about which very little information is currently available. Many are mopeds and further information may be found via the moped resource page.
Some may not exist at all and are the result of erroneous information.
For a more complete listing visit the French Index.
A.C.V.
A.D.F.
Aéro-Scoot [1]
Agami
A.G.S. manufacture des cycles Agami, Raismes - Nord
A.J.F
Allain Et Niquet
Altière see also Camille Foucaux
America [1]
Angouléme
Annino bicycle engine. Article in MOTO REVUE No. 936 04/02/1949
As De Trefle
Attard
Autoside, L'
AuxEnfants de la Chapelle [1]
Aviella
Axona
Aymard
Azda
Azurette des Frères Urago de Nices
Baby-Star [1]
Baillod
Ballandras

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Ballot. Engines fitted to Armor (1922).
Balouzat
Bancal
Barale
Barbulton
Barette
Baron de Poitiers
Barrio
Barthelemy
Bartlett
Bastet
Bastaert [1]
Baudelaire
Baudon
Bazin
Bbl Marco
Beaur
BC [1]
Beausseron [1]
Beck
Becognee
Bedin
Belgian Sidecars [1]
Belliard
BeM [1]
Benois Faure - mopeds powered by Myster built mid 1950s
Benoit Rosengart
Berthe [1]
B.G.
Bigeard
Bijou - F. Delaunay, 62 rue Rochechouart Paris advertised La Moto Bijou 175cmc, 2 speed 2-stroke in the early 1920s. ~ Zhumoriste. A Bijou sidecar is mentioned in an article on Radco from 1922.
Binoche
Binus
Biplex
Bi-Temps [1]
B.J.
Blaise
Blanchard
Bluhm
Bob
Bobby. Ste A.R.C., 10 Rue Villaret de Joyeuse, Paris 17. 1953. Built 2-speed 49cc four-stroke engines. [1] (et al)
Bonhomm [1]
Bonnet & Zecht [1]
Bonney [1]
Bottin
Bouchereau
Boudin & Michelet [1]
Boulevard
Boulez
Boune
Bourdiaux & Delalande [1]
Boury [1]
Boutineau
Boyer Albert [1]
Brennus [1]
Briand
Bridier-Charron
Britania des Ets Leroux de Nantes (c. 1957)
Broulet
Broune
Brunet [1]
Burbury [1]

Cagiva Ligier - In 1985 Guy Ligier, a French motorcycle racer and formula one car racer, built a Paris-Dakar competitor in collaboration with Cagiva who had recently taken control of the Ducati factory. The fuel tank of the 750cc twin carried 60 litres, sufficient for 600km.
Source: François-Marie Dumas



Camille Morel
Camus
Canu
  • Capelle 1900~1929

  • Caps
    Carka
    Carnutes see Gagnon
    Causan
    CD C.D. [1]
    Cécile [1]
    Céél [1]
    C.E.I.M.I.A.
    Celeripede
    Centaure ACDE [1]
    Cem
    Cerretti [1]
    Cesbron
    C.G.
    C.G.C.
    Chaintreau [1]
    Champion - Ets Champion, 35 Rue Palestro, Romans. Built 50cc Baby Champion engines in 1951.
    Chanard
    Chansid
    Chapeaux
    Chaplait [1]
    Chatelard
    Chave
    Chevalier
    Chevillard
    Chimere
    Choda
    Cime
    C.I.V.A.
    Clarenton
    Clarus, see Lédonien
    CLB
    Clerge
    Clers & Pingault
    Clima & Pingault
    Clin-Comard
    Clipper, see Lédonien
    C.M.A.P.
    C.M.S.
    CNC, Comptoir National du Cycle, mopeds powered by Myster built mid 1950s
    C.O.F.I.C.
    Coispine
    Colat
    Colignon
    Collin-Duresne
    Columbia - Train engine unit with clutch, chain drive, spring forks, 26xl¾in, tyres. Paris Salon, 1922
    COMEF [1]
    Comoto
    Continental
    Corbe
    Corbel
    Corbieres
    Corky
    Corona
    Corpet Louvet
    Coupet & Bertin [1]
    Couret-Boudin
    Courtot
    Coustolle
    Coutheillas
    Couturier
    Croissant
    C.S.V. CSV
    Cumin & Michelin
    Curtiss
    Cyclauto
    Cycleaid
    Cycle Albert
    Cyclocette d'Orléans (1952)
    Cyclolux engines, 1951-52, Ets Darris, 8 Rue de Richelieu, Paris 1°. 49cc Types H51, H52
    Cyclone
    Cycloperso
    Cyclorette
    Dambreville
    Dangre
    Dap
    Dahl
    Darioli
    Darlot [1]
    Darrio
    Darris [1]
    Dassault
    Daudan
    Debello, see Lédonien
    Debon
    Dedome
    Déesse [1]
    Defi
    Degrouas
    Delangle
    Delaplace [1]
    Delaune
    Delda
    Delefosse
    Demaria-Lapierre
    Denaux
    Denier
    Dephilipon
    Desmoulins
    Devaux
    D.F.
    D.G.D. [1]
    Diamon [1]
    Dieudonne-Deodat
    Dixor de Villemomble (ca.1953)[1]

    D.M.S. (1) - D·M·S Société LA MAZARINE. 9, Rue Mazarine - Paris-6e.
    Source: Moped SE

    D.M.S. (2) - Moteurs D.M.S., 13, Avenue Jules-Ferry, Casablanca, MOROCCO. 50cc two-stroke bicycle attachment engine.
    Source: cyclememory.org

    Doncques
    Dourte
    Drierre
    Drouhiole [1]
    Druid
    D.S. see DS Malterre
    Dubois
    Ducombs
    Dufraigne
    Dureau
    Durif.F
    Duris
    Dyna
    Echard; see also Lutetia [1]
    Eclair
    EH [1]
    Eiram
    Elec
    Electa [1]
    Electra [1]
    Electricar
    Electrocyclette
    Electromecanique
    Eler [1]
    Elfe
    Eliana
    Elite, see F. Simon
    Elmet
    Elri
    Emeriaux [1]
    Emic
    Endewell
    Eolia
    Epsorette
    Eram
    Ereir
    Erlux [1]
    Ernest-Richard [1]
    Escal
    Estampe [1]
    Espujols
    Etoile Des As
    Etincelle [1]
    Eudeline D.
    Eurac D.
    Eurocycles
    Europ - Usine à ste-radégonde (Indre-et-Loire). ABG VAP. See also Riva-Sport Industrie de Vichy. Source: Moped SE
    Eve
    Evicta
    Evrard [1]
    Excell
    Fachard [1]
    F.A.G. see Gagnon


    Faret, Bordeaux. Belt drive, 1920s.
    Fastex [1]
    Faurne
    Fauvarque [1]
    Fédérale [1]
    Fernand-Richard [1]
    Ferniot
    Feuillet G
    Fidelia
    Finet
    Fistollet
    Flamand 85cc 1950s moped
    Fleouter
    Fletcher
    Flex
    Flexi
    Florin
    F.M.L. Paris, producer of Le Poulain and Myster engines. Source: mo-ped.se
    F.M.R. FMR
    Foller
    F.O.R. FOR [1]
    Formand
    Fortunay
    Forward
    Fournales
    Fournol
    Framca
    Frete
    Fontlup à La Clayette (ca.1953)
    Fun Tech
    Furtoss
    F.V.L. FVL
    Gallia Sport [1]
    Gallus [1]
    Galonni
    Gardette
    G.A.R (GAR)
    Garnier [1]

    G.C. GC
    G.C.S.
    Gecem
    Gelem de Levallois, Le Salon de Paris ca.1950. ABG VAP. Sources: Moped SE, buyvintage.com
    La Gellette de Dijon (ca.1957). ABG VAP. Source: buyvintage.com
    GFM pour Grossistes en Fournitures Général pour Motorisés de Caen, rachat stock Ravat (closed ca.1958). ABG VAP. Source: buyvintage.com
    Gem
    Geminiani
    Gendron
    Genest
    Genius
    Genot & Caille [1]
    Géo [1]
    Georma
    Gep
    Gérard & Roche [1]
    GFCM [1]
    GG [1]
    Gille
    Gimbretiere
    Gines
    Gioux
    G.K. GK
    Gloriol
    Glotiot
    G.M.B. GMB
    G.M.R. GMR [1]
    Goeland
    Goliath - Two-stroke. horizontally arranged over the rear wheel, driving by chain a countershaft, on which is a friction wheel engaging with the edge of the wheel rim. Paris Salon, 1922
    Gouais
    Goubeaut
    Gourdin
    Goyon [1]
    G.R. GR
    Grandemange
    Grandiere
    Granger [1]
    Grasset
    Gresse
    Griffault
    Grillon
    Grimbetiere
    Grivon
    Grolbois
    Grossot [1]
    Guedon
    Guenon [1]
    Guinabodet
    Guitton [1]
    Guphi
    G.V. GV [1]
    Hab
    Hanriot [1]
    H.B. des Ets Pierre Humblots de Paris (en 1950 et 1951)
    Hechard
    Hennequin
    Henriet [1]
    Henriod [1]
    Henry & Cie [1]
    Hercule [1]
    Hergé [1]
    Herminette
    Herse [1]
    Hess
    Himel
    Hirch & Davy
    HSS-JAP
    Hugonnier
    Humbert
    Husson P
    Hv Matra
    Idole
    Imbert & Roux
    Isola
    Itar & Roux
    JB-Louet
    Jacques Anquetil
    Jam
    Janin Fed
    Janneret

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    JBB
    JC2
    Jeaniel
    Jean Perrin
    Jenatzy
    Jepsy des Ets Moto-Accessoires de Nantes
    Jesum
    Jewel
    J.M.J. JMJ
    Jorand
    Joulard
    Joulou Marirel
    Journaux [1]
    Jouvene [1]
    Judene de Paris (ca.1950)
    Juppet de Valence
    J.P.X. JPX
    Jubocette
    Jules
    Jullard
    Jurax
    K.E.D. KED [1]
    Keller
    Kholer
    K.Motor
    Kratos [1]
    Kyf
    La Baralette
    La Finette
    La Fusee
    La Galette
    La Goelette
    La Huchette
    La Licorne
    La Marne
    Lambert de Caen
    La Massaire
    La Motalux
    La Moto Rey
    La Nordiste
    Petite Moto, La
    Petit-Breton de Nantes (ca.1955)
    Le Petit Roi - BMA 100cc 1940 (wikipedia.nl)
    La Progrès
    La Quotidienne
    La Racieuse
    La Randonette
    La Roulante
    La Savaltor
    La Souris
    La Triomphante
    La Versaillaise
    La Vivaraise
    Labbé 1902. Motorcycle, eighth per kilometer launched from Deauville. Driver: Labbé. Bourdache p437.
    Labinal
    Lacquit
    Lafarge
    Laforcade
    Laforey
    Lafrasse
    Lagere
    Laigle
    Lala & Cie
    Lalane
    Lamandiere & Cie
    Lambotte
    Lamoureux
    Lanoy
    Lapique
    Larribe
    Lauthier.L.
    Lavalee & Rochel
    Lazareth
    L.D. (LD)
    Le Chassis Rationnel
    Le Coupe Vent
    Le Flotteur
    Le Gallion
    Le Goupil
    Le Grand Duc
    Le Metais
    Le Moustique
    Le Mulet
    Le Roy Lucien
    Le Youyou
    Le Leblanc
    Lefeuvre

    L'Elégante
    ca. 1904
    Under the name of L'Elégante, a 250cc (70x70mm) Monarque engine was sold by Ets J.B. Mercier, 6, rue St-Ferdinand, Paris. An automobile manufacturer, it is not clear whether motorcycles were also produced.
    Bourdache p200



    Leleu Pére & Fils
    Lelot
    Lemaitre & Girard
    Leon Roux
    Lepage
    Lepoidevin
    Lernould Breucq
    Lescanne
    Letellier
    Liador
    Lick
    Lideau
    Lido
    Ligault B
    Ligier B
    Lion Du Nord
    Lipman
    L.J.M. LJM
    Loelan
    Lonnet
    Lotteau
    Louis Maquet
    Louis Roux
    LPL - 1924~1930 P. Lescanne built 175cc and 250cc two-stroke engines and possibly OHC four-strokes. Offices in rue des Vignoles, Paris. The 250cc L.P.L. 2T engine is known to have been used by CP Roleo in 1930. Source: Bourdache.
    L.S.L. LSL
    L.T.N. LTN
    Luc
    Lunant
    L.V. LV
    Macam
    Machat
    Magali d'Avignon (probably unrelated to Magali of 1903)
    Manufacture Orléanaise de Cyclomoteurs (ca.1949)
    Mazué A rider of this name participated in the Mont-Verdun coast race in 1911 on a motorcycle believed to have the same name. Bourdache p437.
    Métropole de Paris (ca.1953) (there is also a Métropole 1903)
    Messina de Metz (ca.1959)
    Minerva Tri-Scooter, c.1959

    Minimotor
    Ets Minimotor, 310 avenue d'Argenteuil, Asnieres (Seine)
    49cc cyclemotors built in 1951 and 52, poss other years. Unclear if these were actually built in France under licence, or the company was the main agent in France for the Italian firm.
    See also Mini-Motor
    Source: La Moto Francaise



    Motarex de Saint-Etienne (ca.1958)
    Motoscoter - Andre Jeunet, Dole, Jura
    Magistral
    Maglita
    Maleyre
    Manson
    Marant-Anzani
    Marcailloux
    Marchand & Godde
    Margeot
    Marquet
    Massadier
    Maudiquet
    M.D. MD
    Mecano
    Merop
    Mery
    Metais, Le Metais
    Meyer
    M.G.D. MGD
    Microma. Listed under Engines
    Milan. Société Centrale des construction Mécaniques de Paris 134 avenue de Malakoff, Paris (16°). Built 38cc bicycle engines. Source: cyclememory.org.

    Minaux
    Mirou (Hilfs). Source: mo-ped.se
    Mizer
    Molitor
    Moneclair
    Morais
    Morin
    Motobijou
    Moto-Comptoir de Marseille
    Motodraisienne
    Motogodille
    Motomaitre
    Motomar
    Moto-Merveille
    Motomignan
    Motorecord
    Motoreinette
    Mototoclette -->
    Motostock
    Mototracteur
    Motovapeur
    Mouette D'or
    Moularet
    M.P.D. MPD
    Muller
    M.V.S. MVS
    Myrabil

    Myster Erroneously listed elsewhere as a moped manufacturer, the name applies to a moped engine built by Le Poulain.
    Naas
    Namour
    Nancia de Nancy (vers 1950)
    Naville
    Nemausa
    Nervacar
    Nevejans
    Niepce
    Nivex, 1950, Mosquito engine.
    Nobecourt
    Nor 8

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




    Nouvelet & Lacombe
    Novaro
    Ocean
    Olympia Baby Ets F. Durif, 16 & 18, Rue Montgallet - Paris. Source: Moped SE
    Omea & Batua
    Oreal
    Orette
    Otokart
    O.T.T. OTT
    Oubron - mopeds powered by Myster built mid 1950s
    O. Papize. - A Diamant under another name. Paris Salon, 1922
    Paquet
    P. et M. P&M
    Padova
    Palmer
    Panda (Italian?)
    Panhette
    Pap
    Pansard-Cheveques
    Pasquier G
    Paquin
    Parnet
    Patre
    Patrick
    Payan
    Pelegrine
    Pelton
    Pem
    Pequignot-Perron
    Peregrine
    Perrin s
    Phenix
    Philippe
    Picca
    Pichard
    Pierme
    Pierre
    Pierreaux
    Pif
    Pigmy - bicycle attachment engines available for front or rear wheel. Source: Cyclememory.org
    Pirol
    Piron
    P.L. PL
    P.L.T. PLT
    Planeta
    Pluton
    Poly-Fay
    Polyn
    Pomaredes
    Pommier
    Pope
    Potier-Lecorsier
    Potin F
    Pouch
    Prada
    Pradeau
    Prado
    Pratic-Side
    Precius
    Précision Sidecars, 39bis Rue Martre, Clichy (Seine)
    Precy's
    Prefer Lecomte
    Prestar
    Primador
    Primo
    Produc-Side

    P.S.

    P.S. Moteur - fitted to La Mascotte, 1923-24
    P.S. - Similar to the Griffon, but with a Train engine unit, clutch and chain-drive. Linked spring fork with vertical laminated spring. Neat lady-model also shown. Paris Salon, 1922



    Pursan
    Quand Meme
    Quenon
    Querey
    Quidet
    R & P RP
    R.L. RL
    R.M. RM
    Radco
    Rabelle
    Rabin
    Rai
    Rama
    Ramus
    Randonette
    Rapidmoto
    R.D. RD
    Renard (Estonia)
    Rep
    Rescor
    Revest
    Rey.L
    Reynaud
    Reyrol
    Richard
    Riner
    Ringeval
    Rirce
    Risam
    River
    Rob
    Robail
    Robert
    Robust
    Roca
    Rocket 55 - mopeds powered by Myster marketed by a Valenciennes firm in 1955
    Rogias de Rouen (a/c 1954)
    Roll
    Rolls
    Riva-Milan S.C.C.M. 14-18, rue de Madrid, Vichy (Allier) (see also Motobloc RSI). Source: Moped SE
    Rovas Celeritas de Dijon
    Romu
    Ronex
    Ronzier
    Roos
    Rotosim
    Roussel
    Rouveyrol
    Roveda
    Roy
    Royal-Dauphine
    Royal-France
    Royal-Phlox
    Royal Savoy, mopeds powered by Myster built in Alberville mid 1950s
    Rubis
    Safer & Outremer
    Sai
    Saillet-Anzani
    Saint-Georges
    Sam
    Samaritaine
    Sanson
    Saning
    Sans Pareille
    Sans Peur
    Sarraca
    Sauvage
    Savarit
    S.C. SC
    S.C.A.
    Scaf
    Scheinder
    Scintilla
    S.C.O. SCO
    Scotex
    Scotter-Car
    Scootomoto see Breton
    Smagghe de Seclin (ca.1952)
    Splender
    Scrab
    Scecma
    Seguin
    S.E.M.
    Senette
    S.F.L.
    S.H.L.
    S.I.A.
    Serrusept
    Seuma
    Seyhers-Lacroix
    Sicam
    Siccardi see ACS-Siccardi
    Sicvam see Mors
    Side-Bike
    S.I.M.
    Simon Preux
    Sivrac
    S.J.C.
    Skandia
    Souper
    Spag
    Sphinxia
    Sport (mopeds), see F. Simon
    Sportex
    Stabilcar
    Stag
    Standard
    Stavides
    Stern
    Stewit
    St Germain
    Stil
    Stuart
    Stud'ys Cycles
    Stylett
    Stoyer
    Sug
    Superegrine
    Suberbie (Superbie?)
    S.V.G.
    Tebac (Possibly related to Flandria)
    Tournoy
    Tout Acier
    Tragin
    Train & Gloria see Triumph Gloria
    Trelex
    Tremblade
    Triomphe & Minerva
    Triomphus, see Lédonien
    Trogen
    Tyl
    Unic Sport
    Utilcar
    Utinam
    Uz

    Vampire à Le Cannet (ca.1953)
    Velda de Marseille (ca.1957). ABG VAP
    Vellar de Saint-Marcel
    Vélostyle de Puteaux (en 1951 et 1952)
    Vimya de Paris (ca.1952)
    Valter
    Vandel
    Vavy
    Veldor
    Velocetta. Mentioned in Moto Revue, August 6th 1948. Built bicycles in 1939.
    Velomoteur
    Veloreacteu
    Veloreve Cicca, 19, avenue de la Porte des Ternes, Paris. (hilfsmotor). Source: mo-ped.se
    Velorobot
    Velscoot'r
    Velostable
    Velotouriste see P.A.L.
    Velovit
    Veloxy
    Vernisse
    Verus
    Verdier & Levy
    Vetu-Clabaux
    Vidal
    Viel 1950s cyclomoteur, engine mounted beside rear wheel on left side. There was a Viel carburettor fitted to an early Paloma.
    Vierge
    Violet
    Vite & Cie
    Volbis
    VSN
    Vulcain
    V.W.

    Wallis
    Wallut
    Wardill
    Wermor
    William d’Orléans (ca.1951)
    Worthy
    Yuel
    Yvan Marie
    Zerchot
    Zeus
    Zevaco
    Zoller

    1. Dictionnaire illustré des 600 marques motocyclistes de Paris et de la Seine by Bernard Salvat. (There are some errors in the translations)

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