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Bugatti Motorcycles

The Bugatti Motor company was established in 1909 in Molsheim, France.

Etore Bugatti, famed for his sports and racing cars, built bicycles as early as 1913. He also built a limited number of T.72 bicycle attachment engines, the likes of which had never been seen before. They were tiny OHV engines, the smallest being 12.66 cc. The last of about seven built was created in France in 1944.

After the war the factory re-opened in Bordeaux, and their first machine was an aluminium-bodied three-wheeler named the OTI, powered by a 125cc engine. Only one was built.

Bugatti began his career with the La Stucchi & C. motorcycle firm.


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