French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (P)

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.


Water-cooled motocyclette which competed in the 1903 Moto-Club-de-France (M.C.F.)

The radiator consisted of coiled copper tubing mounted adjacent to the front of the fuel tank. Engine most likely Z.L.

Bourdache pp 146, 440



Built in Morteau (Doubs), 1906.

Motorcycles fitted with Mirus 3¼ hp and A.Z. 1½ hp engines. The firm appears to have built bicycles and possibly velomoteur into the late 1930s. They also built sewing machines.

Bourdache p302

Manufactured in Lyon 1941-1950
These were electric three-wheelers for personal trasportation and trade.
Source: OTTW


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Manufactured by Ets. P. Pasquet, Avenue Michelet, Salon (Bas du Rhin).

Paul Emile Pasquet had a long career in cycling and motorcycling. He won races on high-powered motorcycles as early as 1905, and established a bicycle firm which produced up to 5000 units per annum.

From 1932 to 1939 he built BMA 100cc Aubier-Dunne two-stroke machines.

Sources:, OTTW

This 49cc scooter appeared at the 1947 Paris Salon. It promptly vanished.
Source: Amis Terriens

Tricycle exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1899
Bourdache p440


Motorcycles manufactured by Ets. Pauvert, Lyon, using 98cc to 198cc two-stroke engines, 1933~1939.(1)
Built 175cc, 250cc and probably 350cc two-stroke engines 1928~1930. These were fitted to CP Roleo in 1928.(2)
1. Tragatsch p247. 2. zhumoriste.

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Péa Engines
The Pea company built engines in the 1920s and 30s which were fitted to Ravat, Styl'ett, Styl'son and others.
Models: P1 175cc 2T 2 and 3-speed, P2 250cc 2T 3-speed, P3 350cc SV 3-speed.
Source: Motos dans la Loire,


Motorcycle classified 9th in the 1902 Deauville event, ridden by Demay
Bourdache p440

Mercier built bicycles of this name from 1932, and mopeds around 1953.
Francis Pélissier was widely regarded as the greatest French racing cyclist of the 1920s. He worked with the Mercier firm for some years, and later with La Perle as directeur sportif until 1955.
Sources: Motos dans la Loire, et al.

Daniel Vouillon and Edouard Morena had been building specialist racing machines for some time befor beginning production, in 1985, of their very fast Kawasaki GPZ-powered machines 750cc and 900cc machines.
Source: OTTW

A motorcycle of this name took part in the elimination trials for the 1904 Criterium event. There is no further mention. Bourdache p209


Built by G. Lotteau in Choisy le Roi, 1906~1914
Their 1914 catalogue offered machines with 2hp and 3hp singles and a 750cc twin, These were built by Lurquin & Coudert but differed from the originals with the fitting of Druid-style forks.
Lotteau also built motorcycle engines of 2¾ hp and 3½ hp, as well as the G.L. marque.

Pernoo 1899

Pernot (Est. 1905)

13 rue Victor Hugo, St Chamond (Loire)

1908-1910. Built by Savoye et Cie in Saint-Chamond (Loire), this was a motorised bicycle equipped with a Keller-Dorian bicycle engine and a gear change by Pernot. They possibly built a 1 h.p. motorcycle in 1920. The firm was still operating in 1922.

Sources: Motos dans la Loire, Bourdache p440

Pernod (GP Racing)

Perreaux, L-G. 1871

Perrenoud (Engines)
COMEF, 44 (or 14) Rue La Fayete, Paris 9
Built 48cc single speed horizontal two-stroke bicycle attachment engines 1953-54.
These were built under licence to the Comodo company of Switzerland.
Sources: La Moto Francaise, et al.

Bicyclette built by Macquart et Fils in 1907.
Bourdache p112

Pernette (André)
The Pernette machine (of 1906) is a 572cc V-twin (90 x 90mm) with belt drive. With a monstrous Buchet engine (probably an 8 CV, or about 1,000 to 1,200cc) that Pernette made a reputation as a champion.
Bourdachepp 220, 223, 241, 261-263, 272, 312, 364, 382, 422.

Petitjean c.1899


Motorcycle built and ridden by Petit at the Coupe Internationale du Motocycle-Club de France (M.C.F.) 1903

Bourdache p440


P.G. Engines

1903. Adaptable motor of 1¾ hp
Bourdache p440

Manufactured by Piat et Cie in Saint Etienne
The firm was founded in 1870 as an arms and bicycle manufacturer. In 1954 they became associated with H. Errard, along with Randoin and Métropole. From 1953-1959 they built mopeds fitted with 48cc Mistral engines, and they also produced tricycles powered by Lavalette engines of 70 and 98cc.
Source: Motos dans la Loire.

Picard Fayolle
The firm was founded in 1894 in St Etienne, and between then and the end of WWII built arms, bicycles and sewing machines.
In 1947 the address was 42 Rue Martin Bernard in Saint Etienne, and mopeds appeared in 1950. These were powered by Poulain, Vap and Lavalette.
They joined Cocymo in 1955.
Source: Motos dans la Loire

Manufactured by Établissements Pierton in Courbevoie, Altos del Seine, 1922 to 1925.
Built BMA lightweights using 98 and 123cc Aubier & Dunne engines, and motorcycles of up to 498cc powereed by Blackburne, JAP, Train and Villiers.
Sources: OTTW, Tragatsch p250

Built Paillard motorcycles, and engines fitted to the Liberator in 1903. See also Paillard.
Bourdache p440

Grenoble firm which built light motorcycles using two-stroke and 197cc sidevalve engines produced in-house.
Sources: Tragatsch p251,



Motorcycle built in 1901~1905 by Ernest de Pontherey, Faubourg Montmartre, 57, Paris

Sometimes misspelled as "Pontheray" or "Pontheret".

An example exists in the Collection de Maurice Chapleur

Bourdache p440


Built by Joël Portal who was previously partnered with Seurat and Queirel, these were enduro and mx machines powered by Sachs and Rotax engines of 125cc to 250cc. Production took place in Labastide Saint-Pierre in the 1970s.

Source: OTTW

Precimax engines
Ste Precimax, à Bart pat Montbeliard (Doubs) 1952-54
Built 48cc engine type P48, used by Touraine and Pfohl mopeds.

Circa 1904, motorcycles with an OHV Buchet engine were built by Edgar Son of 12 rue de la Pompe, Paris

Progres (Le)
Le Progrès, built in Vervins (aisne) in 1901, was a motor bicycle with the engine located behind the pedals
Bourdache p440

Established c.1928 at Rue Ferdinand de Saint-Étienne, prior to WWII the company built BMA motorcycles using 98cc Stainless and Aubier & Dunne engines. Their postwar address was Rue de Montbrison in 1947, and production consisted of 48cc mopeds in the mid-1950s.
Source: Motos dans la Loire

Motocyclettes built in 1900 at
4 rue de Paris, Puteaux
Bourdache p440


Built by Henri Dresch, c.1922-1924.

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
The P.S. engine was fitted to La Mascotte of 1923-24.


Built by fashion designer Jean Pierre Ponthieu, the first model appeared in the 1960s, a tiny microcar. Later he built a highly unusual 250cc machine which looked rather like a road-going helicopter.

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