Motocyclettes fabriquées en France

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.


A.B.C. (c1905~)
Manufactured by Ateliers Balestibeau of rue Michel-de-Montaigne, Castillon-sur-Dordogne, Gascony, built an A.B.C. motocyclette prior to the first war and these were advertised around 1904-1905, along with Mototri-Contral. ABC was probably an acronym for Ateliers Balestibeau Castillon. (M. Fernand Balestibeau sold Peugeot in the same town in 1935.)
Sources: zhumoriste, motocollection

Established in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, in 1900, Veuve A. de Mesmay built mostly automobiles. There is mention of a tricycle in the literature.
Source: OTTW

The Association Bidalot Fourès manufactured 50cc racing motorcycles in the 1970s and 80s. Only a handful were built each year. Later machines were modeled on the Seeley design.
See also Bidalot
Source: OTTW

The firm was originally named Arìes and built automobiles at Asnières-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine in Paris from 1903 to 1938. After the war they joined with spark plug manufacturer BG to form ABG, and began building 48cc auxilliary bicycle engines which became better known as VAP, often ABG-VAP.
Sources: et al

ACS Siccardi

Manufactured by Jean Lacroix, rue de la Jomayère St Etienne. Bicycles were built 1952-55.
There was a much earlier marque with this name - see Disambiguation

Albert-Jean 1900-1902

Alfred Faure
Faure was well-known cyclist who rode for Automoto. He established his own brand in 1922, building lightweights including BMA 100cc machines which he himself raced. Manufacture possibly ceased in 1925.
The address of the firm in 1923 was 11 rue du 11 Novembre, St Etienne, and in 1929 he had premises at 65 rue Chauzy, Reims.
Source: Motos dans la Loire


Re-branded version of the German N.S.U., ca 1914, the same year a cycle of this brand won Le Tour. Mopeds of this name were produced in the 1950s.

Bourdache (pp400, 429),

Jacques Coll, originally from Perpignan, built trials machines using modified Honda engines and later 250cc two-strokes of his own design. The Micra Trial 252 was presented at the 1987 Paris Salon. The 72 x 58.8 mm six-speed two-stroke was destined for water-cooling, but the venture failed in 1990 or 91.
Sources:, François-Marie Dumas

Built 49cc mopeds using a variety of engines.
Sources: Tragatsch p73

Alpa Picquenot
Ateliers A. Picquenot et Fils
40-44 rue Leledia
Cherbourg (Manche)
Built lightweights of 50cc and 80cc in 1956 only. They also built two-stroke engines:
Type T49 49.7cc, two-speed
Type W80 80.7cc, two-speed
Sources:, Cycle Memory


1900. Engineer and motorcycle engine manufacturer in Besançon who built Mirus and A.Z.

Motorcycles may also have been produced under the Amstoutz brand.

Mirus bicycle auxiliary engines mounted on the front wheel were built from 1902, and conventional engines were supplied to Andru in 1904, Pannetton in 1906, and also to Aiglon.

A Mirus is in the collection of Maurice Chapleur

Sources: Bourdache (pp 224, 280, 302.), OTTW

7, rue Lafouge, Gentilly, Seine
La Moto Biplace - two-seater two-stroke motocyclette with gearbox. 1925 advert.


1923 Modèle G. 175cc two-stroke.
1925 Model A 175 cc single cyl., two-stroke, belt drive
1925 Model C 250 cc single cyl., two-stroke, belt drive
1925 Model H 250 cc single cyl. (65 x 75 mm), two-stroke, Béchir & Collin, belt drive
1925 Model 350 cc single cyl., two-stroke, Anzani, belt drive

Sources: A. Vassiliadis, et al


10 Rue de St Quentin, Paris

1903. Built motorcycles with Mirus air-cooled engines. (Bourdache says also water-cooled, but the 1904 catalogue shows only air-cooled.)

Four models were offered in 1904 with 2½ and 2¾ engines.

Bourdache p429

Anzani (FR)

Aquila 1952~1962

Two machines of this brand participated in the Grand Prix of Paris in 1909, ridden by Mouton and Johnson
Bourdache p327

Arcoma during the 70s held around 30% of the market for microcars. The 1975 Mini Comtesse could be driven sans permis, was rather unstable with a single front wheel aided by a pair of training wheels.
The Mini Comtesse Break was introduced in 1978 with four wheels and even more outlandish styling than its predecessor. Arcoma production continued until about 1984.
Source: Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum

Manufactured by Marcel Tamine at 54 Rue Saint-Germain, Nanterre, 1934~1939
Built bespoke tricars and cyclecars using engines of up to 500cc. Production resumed post-war using SABB 100cc and 125cc two-strokes, and vinyl-covered plywood bodies.
Sources: OTTW, Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum

Manufactured by Daniel Manon of Lyon from 1976 to 1983, when the firm was renamed to Aixxam.
The Type 11 was a three-wheeler powered by a Sachs engine. Later models included 4-wheelers with Motobecane 50cc engines and a BCB 125cc was fitted to the Type 18.
Associated with the names Minoto, Veloto and Bel-Motors.
Source: Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum


ca. 1926. This was a rebadged Ravat 175 B1 sold by Alphonse Sutter of Chatellerault, a Triumph dealer.

Dérozier participated in the 1905 Tour de France on an Athéna motorcycle.
Bourdache p430

Established in Rouen, Lenefait et Cie produced motorcycles identical to Lamaudière-Labre from c.1899 to 1904.

1904 models were advertised with 3½ and 4½ cv IOE engines and "Fourche Elastique sur demand, Supplément 50f".

They then built cyclecars from 1912 until 1914.

Bourdache p430, OTTW

Founded c.1911 by Jean Antoine Audouard and Antoine Pierre Marie Garcin, the firm manufactured cycles and motorcycles. Address was 26 rue du Grand Gonnet, St Etienne.
Source: Motos dans la Loire

L. Bouchez, 7 Boulevard Victor-Hugo, 7 Saint-Oen (Seine)
ca early 1930s, 350cc & 500cc JAP SV and OHV singles, 750cc JAP V-twin
Source: period advertising

Aurore 1901-1906

Built by Robert Ligier of Puycasquier in the 1950s, the first prototype of 1954 had a roof, later versions being open with a fairing screen, and utilising Lambretta components.

Yves Guédon of 15 Rue du Louvre, Paris, built a chain-driven petrol-engined bicyclette in 1899
Bourdache p430

Manufactured 1898-1899 by Compagnie Française des Cycles Automobiles in Paris, these were belt-driven tricycles similar to those of Leon Bollee. The machine was also sold in England by a firm based in Holland Park, London.
Source: OTTW


Motorcycles built by Friès and Germain, 1906, at 52 bld de Strasbourg, Vincennes

Bourdache p430

Aya Components
Established c.1920 by Mj Paya at 27 Rue Denfer Rochereaux in St Etienne
Built brake hubs, tanks and frames which were supplied to Automoto, Dollar, Favor, Gnome & Rhone, La Française, Magnat debon, New map, Radior, Ravat, Rhony'x, Rochester, Styl'son, Terrot and others.
The company folded in the early 1930s as a result of the financial crisis.
Source: Motos dans la Loire

Engines manufactured by Emile Amstoutz 1900-1908, these were suitable for mounting on the front wheel of a bicycle. A partnership was established with Louis Ravel 1906. They were used by Cottereau and probably others.
Source: OTTW

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