French Motorcycles

Motocyclettes fabriquées en France (S)

Notes on some of the rarer French marques

This page lists brands for which little historical information is currently available.
For a more complete listing visit the French Index.

There is also a page on really obscure French brands.

Sachs Nauder
These were off-road machines built by the French importer of Sachs, Nauder, c.1981~1986.
The logo looks like "VSN", but is in fact a stylised triangle followed by SN. Models included (V)SN 250GS 1981, Sachs Nauder 125 MX 1982 and SN 250 GSB 1986. They had dual rear shocks possibly by Fournales. Late models had disc brakes.
Sources: forum posts, period advertising.


Manufactured by Ets Jeanne & Philippe, 196-198 bd Voltaire, Paris

In the 1950s built mopeds fitted with Le Poulain, Junior and VAP 55 engines.

The same firm also built La France bicycles, unrelated the the motorcycles of that name.

Source: Motos dans la Loire

bicyclette with engine and pedals
Bourdache p112, 113.

Ets. Sadem of Bois-Colombes built 98cc lightweight motorcycles from 1951 to 1954
Source: Wikipedia NL

Built in Marseille by the Sambiase brothers from 1985, these were high-performance machines using alloy frames and Kawasaki engines. They were associated with the Pernod racers.
Source: OTTW

Motos Sanchoc of Paris built motorcycles using two-stroke engines of 98cc to 248cc and 345cc sidevalves side-engine engines from 1922 to 1924.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Stuart Malcolm Sandford built three-wheelers in France which were similar to the Morgan. Production began in 1922 and continued until 1936 when the firm was sold.

Source: OTTW

Also known as Sanne, these were built by Manzat (P.-de-D.) in the 1930s.


Jean Sartori, a former cyclist, opened a bicycle shop in Meaux after the war and soon began fitting Le Poulain engines to quite attractive cyclomoteurs which proved very competitive in local racing. It appears that these machines were supplied to other manufacturers and sold under their own labels. Le Poulaine closed in 1956, and production of the Sartorette ceased around the same time.

Source: moto-scooter-annee50-60.over-blog

Sautel et Séchaud

Tricycle built in Gentilly Valle del Marne from 1902 to 1904, it had a 3.5hp engine mounted vertically behind the seats with belt drive to the rear wheel. The two-speed gearbox was controlled by moving the steering wheel to the front or rear.

Sources: OTTW, 3wheelers.com

Two-wheel-drive motorcycle built by the the Savard twins Frank and Patrick from 1987 with financial support from the French government for their Pro Top company. The Savard machines competed in beach races supermotard, placing well. Driven by chain, the front wheel drive only engaged when the rear wheel lost traction. The name changed to Savage in 1990, but vanished the following year.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Possibly associated with La Tortue
Bourdache p146

1906. Brand with the same construction as Alcyon using Zedel engines renamed Kleder in the catalogue. It appears that these were in fact older model Alcyon machines.
Bourdache pp279, 378

Savoye et Cie
Established in 1905 at Saint-Chamond (Loire), the marque used the Keller Dorian engine in 1908. These were marketed as Pernot

Caption to image of Columbia engine: "For 230 F (mufflers included), Ets Schildge provides this 1 1/2 HP Columbia engine that fits all bicycles."
It is unclear whether Schlidge produced complete machines.
Bourdache p271

1902. Motorcycle engine placed along the rear wheel - gear transmission
Schneider built his own carburettors.
Bourdache p149



Built by MGT (Million-Guiet-Tubauto) in Levallois, the Scoto Tubauto was a a cross between a scooter and a moped. The firm built two disinctly different versions, the first with a 50cc Veloreve or Cicca engine mounted above the front wheel.

The second model was presented at the 1950 Salon de Paris with a Mosquito 38cc engine mounted amidships with a canvas cover from which the pedals protruded. The front and rear wheels were interchangeable and single-sided, allowing very fast wheel changes. Spare wheel was mounted in front of the large weathershield. Around 350 were constructed.

The MGT company also built small buses until about 1960.

Sources: Amis Terriens, icenicam.org.uk, oldbike.eu

Scooter-Valise FR
Manufactured by Ets Francois in 1952, it was powered by a 72cc Sotecma engine and weighed a mere 27 kg.
See also F.R.
Source: Tous les scooters du monde

Société Anonyme Nouvelles des Constructions de la Loire
Rue Parmentier, St Etienne
Similar catalogue to that of Automoto circa 1913
Bourdache p441

A motorcycle/scooter hybrid with scooter wheels powered by a 125cc JLO engine, built 1952 to 1953.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured by Société d'Etudes et Constructions d'Automotiles et Motorcycles in Chambly built bicycle engines from 1951 until 1971. Later they built three-wheelers under the name Addax with Sachs engines, and in 1978 after the firm's acquisition by Vitrex the vehicles were named the Vitrex Addax.

Source: OTTW

Manufactured by Selection Cycles of Paris, an upmarket bicycle manufacturer, the cyclomotors (the term "moped" was not yet in common use) were powered by Le Poulain two-stroke engines.
Five of these were found in a Paris warehouse in 2006, brand new, in storage since a paris shop had taken delivery of them in 1952 shortly before closing down.
Gallery: Selection
Source: buyvintage.com


33, Champs-Elysees, Paris (8)

An advertisment dated 1923 advertises engines of 125cc and 175cc using aluminium pistons, with an image of a sidevalve engine.


Louis Serouge, 1955-58

Ets Louis Serouge, 138 rue Aristide Briand, Levallois (Seine)

Built a variety of 49cc and 65cc engines of their own design, and also engines built under licence to Itom based on the Itom Tourist. The engine was used by other makes including the Lapébie built by Mercier.

SER possibly built complete mopeds.

Sources: La Moto Francaise, autocycle.org.uk, Moto revue 25th June 1955 (advert).

In 1889, Armand Peugeot, who believed in the future of the motor vehicle, built a steam tricycle which was in fact a modified Serpollet. In the fourth machine, he changed from steam to to the Daimler engine.
Bourdache pp 131, 165.

Address: 14, rue du Général Haxo, Epinal (Lorraine) Established 1922 or earlier, in 1926 advertised that they manufactured Cycles and Motocyclettes. The firm was still operating in 1947, and was probably still producing bicycles in 1951.

ca. 1950
Built the 49cc Baby Star, a bicycle attachment engine which drove the front wheel.
Source: Moped SE

Marcel Seurat built a high performance motorcycle using a pair of OSSA 250cc engines on a common crankcase. Only two were built, of which one survives. The names OSSA Yankee and Jacky Doubre are closely associated with the marque.
See also BPS, Royal Moto (1970s) and SPQ
Source: OTTW

Sewa see Jeunet

La Société Industrielle d'Albert
Many bicycle and motorcycle brands are associated with the Albert concern. Before the Great War these included Hurtu, Rochet, Hippolyte Petit, Georges Richard (Trèfle), Max Richard (Ajax), Henri Pagis (Régina), Excelsior, Roland, Viator, Cycles Pensée, Cycles Francia, Bischoff et Cie, Paul Bruneau et Cie, and Tours.
Motocyclettes Austral goes to some lengths to explain the relationship between them.
Sources: motocyclettesaustral.es.tl

SIC (S.I.C.)
Manufactured by Motos SIC, Societe Industrielle et Commerciale Cycle, 176 boulevarde Asnières (Seine) and also of Paris, 1921-1925, their motorcycles used 98cc to 346cc engines from Aubier Dunne, Zurcher, Train and others. A 169cc belt-drive lightweight was powered by DKW, and there is mention of a Suquet engine.
Sources: Wikipedia NL, OTTW, encycloduvelo.fr, period advertising.


Manufactured by Établissements F. Simon of Agen using De Boxon engines, the mopeds were marketed under a number of brand names including Elite, Esper, Mondia, Prester, Semper and Sport.
1. Esper is a brand associated with another manufacturer (Moreau), as is Prester. This information needs verification.
2. An advertisement for F. Simon & S.I.F. gives the address as 154 Avenue Pasteur, Troyes.
Source: OTTW

Manufactured by Atéliers de Mécanique Siphax in Paris from 1951 to 1956, these were lightweight sport roadsters with 98cc AMC engines.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured mopeds powered by Mistral engines in the 1950s. Based in St Etienne.
N.B. There is some doubt as to whether this marque existed.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Motorcycles manufactured by Les Atéliers de Sedan of 55-57, Quai de la Tournelle, Paris, from 1922 to 1927, using 2hp two-stroke engines possibly of their own manufacture. They claimed to build 100 machines per day.

N.B. There was also a Smart built in Austria, see Smart AT

Sources: period literature, et al.

67 Rue Lamartine, Drancy (Seine)
In 1951 they built 60cc and 72cc machines
La Moto Francaise.

Manufactured by Henry Lanoy at 6 Place Jacquart, Saint-Étienne, 1951~1954
The Sterva prototype was introduced in July 1951 with a 98cc 4-speed engine and later that year at the Paris Salon the firm presented the Stefa. The Stefa II ran a 125cc 4-speed Ydral and also used 125cc four-stroke engines from AMC, and twostrokes from Aubier & Dunne and Sachs.
The scooters had 10 inch wheels, weighed no more than 75kg and had a top speed exceeding 60 km/h.
Lanoy was also the builder of HL and Tractavant. His interest in scooters began in 1938 when he saw a prototype built by New-Map. He was also the author of a number of books on aviation and electronics including L'encyclopédie de l'électricité automobile
Sources: OTTW, Amis Terriens

Solano (Engines)
R.Poisson, 6 rue Chartran, Neuilly (seine)
Built engines in 1953-54 of types S1 and S2, 49.9 and 49.8 cc. The engine was used by BGA of Saint-Etienne in those years.
Source: La Moto Francaise

M. Soltner of Pfastatt began building his own motorcycle in the 1930s. The machine has a 250cc two-stroke HO twin with separate gearbox. It had telescopic forks and a rigid rear end, and chain drive to the rear wheel. The machine was completed and made roadworthy after the war, and still exists.
Source: OTTW

68 rue Caumartin, Paris
Emel, Cuzon et Cie in 1900, and later Soncin, Gregoire et Cie
Louis Soncin built engines some of which were very large and powerful in the day. A racing machine with a 500cc Soncin was part of the Guélon Collection.
Sources: Bourdache (pp 88, 96), Guélon Collection

Société Technique et de Construction de Moteurs Auxiliaires
67 rue Lamartine, Drancy (seine)
Engines built from 1951-58, they were of 48cc to 175cc.
These were used by Solyto and Scooter-Valise, among others.
Source: La Moto Francaise

Displayed at the Salon of 1902
Bourdache p146

An open frame miniature, resembling the Skootamota, but with its power unit immediately in front of the rear wheel. This is a side-by-side twin two-stroke, embodying reduction gear and driving the small rear wheel by chain. The cylinder dimensions are 44x49 mm.
Paris Salon, 1922


Built by P. Onen in Rennes, 1932, using Aubier & Dunne engines.


Manufactured by Georges Monneret, famed French motorcycle dealer. These were 49cc VAP and Sachs two-strokes built from 1952 to 1958 with lines quite similar to the Paloma Johnny. It seems to be better known as Super VAP Spécial Monneret, despite the fact that many had Sachs engines.

S3V Special Monneret specification:

49.9 cc Sachs 50-3 - 4.3 HP fab-cooled engine - Double cradle frame - Italian styling - Telescopic forks and swinging arm rear suspension - Excellent brakes with large diameter ventilated hubs - 23 x 2.25 motorcycle tires - Sports tank holding 11 litres. Dual Seat. Colour: cherry red, white decorations

The S4V had a 4-speed gearbox with foot change, kick starter and no pedals.

Sources: cyclememory.org, motoancienne.superforum.fr, et al.

Built tricycles and engines for motocyclettes
Bourdache p441

Built cyclecars between 1912 and 1925, and then from 1933 to 1939 constructed motorcycles using engines from Stainless and others.
Wikipedia gives Tragatsch as the source but there appears to be no mention of this marque in the book. (Feb 2018)
Sources: OTTW, Wikipedia NL


Models ST125 & ST175, circa 1955, AMC engines.

The S.T. 175 Sport was quite striking, with extensive contoured bodywork and deeply flared mudguards. It had a dual seat, rear swinging arm and telescopic front suspension.

La Moto Francaise

Dangre Frères
49 , La Briquette, Valenciennes (Nord)
Established as a bicycle firm shortly before the war, from 1953-1957 built 100, 125 and 170cc two-strokes. A moped with a VAP engine was also produced, and a 100cc model named the SR5 Motostar with legshields and footboards.
La Moto Francaise



Motocyclettes built in Cormatin (between Dijon and Lyon).

the firm used engines from Minerva, Buchet and Peugeot, and also constructed their own 346cc and 492cc sv and ohv1 engines.

From 1906 to 1914 motorcycles and automobiles were built by De la Chapelle in St Chamond2.

1. Tragatsch says ohv - seems a bit early, especially for a small company.
2. The Chapelle page currently contains conflicting information.

Sources: Motos dans la Loire, Tragatsch p278, Bourdache (pp 146, 158, 184, 209, 247, 248, 284, 336, 349)


Charles Stoppa of Lyon began building motorcycles under the Stopp brand in 1931 using JAP engines and locally made components. A limited number were produced.

It seems likely that the firm also produced sidecars as it is reported that Steib bought the sidecar firm "in the 1930s", and there is a 1933 German sales brochure for Stoppa sidecars. From this one could deduce that Steib marketed the Stoppa under its original name, probably until 1939.

Alexis Stoppa was the brother of Charles and opened a store named Alexis-Moto in Lyon in 1928.

Sources: moto-collection.org, alexismotos.com, et al.

20 bld du Port Amiens
Cycles and Motorcycles. 1903
Bourdache p441

Construction of these 350cc parralel twins commenced in 1954.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Built motorcycles in 1904 with P.A.L. engines of 2½ hp or 3 hp
Bourdache p441

Thimonier et Cie, producer of sewing machines in Lyon. Marketed the Deronziere under their own label c1910

Manufactured by Ets. Motos Supplexa, Courbevoie, Seine, 1922 - 1932
One of their models was a 996 cc V-twin with an extended frame and disc wheels. Other models had 346 and 490cc JAP engines.

  • Supplexa-Jap. On conventional British lines, with sloping top tube and embodying English components, such as Jap engine and Albion gear box, 26x3in. tyres.
    Paris Salon, 1922

Sources: Wikipedia NL, The Motor Cycle

Manufactured by Ets. Suquet Frères of Courbevoie, 1929 - 1934.
Built lightweight motorcycles using 98 and 124 cc Aubier & Dunne engines. It is possible they also built engines - see S.I.C.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Manufactured by Motos Suzy of Levallois, 1932 - 1933, these were motorcycles with 498cc OHC Chaise engines.
Source: Wikipedia NL

Early 50s rigid two-stroke, built by the same company which made Svelte bicycles, S.M.A.C..
La Moto Francaise

Documented in 1903
Bourdache p441

77 Av A-Briand, Cachan (Seine)
Built 98cc and 175cc two-strokes in 1955.
La Moto Francaise


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