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Albert-Jean Tri-cars

Albert-Benoît Jean is regarded as the father of the French tricar.
Offices: 5, Place Pigalle à Paris IXe
Workshops: 84 rue des Martyrs, Paris.

Presented at L'Exposition Universelle of 1900, his machine was a tricycle with a De Dion engine mounted forward of the front axle.

A motorcycle classified 11th appeared at the Criterium of Motorcycles 1901, riden by Echenoy.

Jean & Cie was disolved in November of 1902, but production continued. In August 1904 a new company, Édouard Cheilus & Cie, was established at the same address. This marked the beginning of Austral.
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