This page lists brands for which we currently have only an historical precis.
For a more complete listing visit the French Index.
There is also a page on really obscure French brands.
11 rue Bellanger Levallois
Based in Paris, the firm built motorcycles using engines supplied by Zürcher, JAP and Blackburne of 175 to 500cc.
Sources: wikipedia.nl, Tragatsch p282
Frères Terrioux, whose father had built motorcycles in the 1930s, founded the company in 1948 in Paris. Pierre and Paul built a scooter in 1951 with a water-cooled engine (possibly from P.P. Roussey) and raced it in the 175 class at the 1957 Bol d'Or, without result. They did better in 1958. They won.
Source: François-Marie Dumas
120 rue de Sevres, Paris
Then 45 rue de Bagneux, Montrouge
Motorcycle 1 HP ¼ or 2 HP "without carburettor".
Motorcycles built Kremlin-Bicêtre, a firm established by bicycle racer Tibal prior to WWI. The Tibalette appeared in the 1920s.
Motorcycle presented at the salon of 1901
The company was dissolved in March 1903
Tony Bouley (poss. aka Tony)
Sidecar manufacturer in Paris, built some cyclecars, various motorcycles and also some engines. ~ "L'Encyclopédie illustrée de l'automobile dans le monde" (David Burgess and Co)
1900 Savariaux, 34, boulevard de Clichy, Paris.
Fitted with a Brutus engine.
Bourdache pp 110, 442
Manufactured by J. Journaux, 1905-1906
56 rue des Cévennes, Paris
Presented at the at the 1905 Salon, this was a motorized bicycle with a Garreau engine mounted above the front wheel, with belt drive. The fuel tank was mounted low in the frame, requiring the rider to pressurise the tank using an air pump.
The top speed of the Tractocyclette was advertised as 45 km/h.
More information under Fulgur
Bourdache pp 257, 279, 280
Microcar designed in 1951 by Henry Lanoy at 6 Place Jacquart, Saint-Étienne, the three-wheeler was built by the sidecar specialist Simard. The body was clad in aluminium, and the front wheel was driven by a 125cc engine. Only a few were sold.
See also Socvel.
Built by cycle and automobile manufacturer Georges Richard, this appears to have been a motorised 2 or 3-wheeler built before the turn of the century. Related to Rochet, Rochet-Bruneau and Roland.
"...the door of a small wooden building in La Chapelle ... a brass plaque mentioned "Bouton & Trépardoux".
... a business association began in 1881 and a small workshop was named "Trépardoux et Cie". De Dion brought funds, Georges-Thadée Bouton his mechanical expertise and Trépardoux, Bouton's brother-in-law, his engineering skills.
Bourdache pp 12, 21, 36-38.
H. Chapput of 19 rue Kéller, Paris
In 1904, the catalogue of H. Chaput offered the 1903 2hp Henri Popp motorcycle re-branded as a Trilby. He also offered separately a Popp 2½ HP engine.
Manufactured by Ledonien Cycle in Lons-et-Saunier (Jura) 1950~1960.
The firm built a variety of mopeds under the names Clarus, Clipper, Debello and Triumphus.
Trophée de France
Machines built by France Motor Cycles of Mandeure and sold under this brand.
Models include: 1947 Type 555C; 1948 Type 555D 125cc Peugeot engine
58 rue d'Allemagne, Paris, 1902
2 HP motorcycle using petrol or alcohol.
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