French Motorcycles

Chenard & Walcker Motorcycles

Chenard & Walcker

7 rue de Normandie, Asnières (in 1906)

Ernest Chenard built bicycles and motor tricycles before joining forces with Henri Walcker around 1897. They soon ventured into the automobile market, and their first machine was a tricycle converted to a quadricycle, still using the motorcycle frame, saddle and fuel tank. It had a passenger seat at the front in the style of a forecar.

The firm continued production of automobiles, often very luxurious, into the 1930s and was then taken over by another company which continued to market the brand until WWII.

Quadricycles Chenard. — MM-. Chenard et Walcker, constructeurs à Asnières, ont étudié un modèle de quadricycle démontable, que représente notre fig. 66, et qui s’est beaucoup répandu, en raison des avantages qu’il présente sur tous les types similiaires. L’avant-train, en tôle peinte, peut être adapté au tricycle en moins de quelques minutes et s’enlever de même. Le siège du voyageur peut même être remplacé par une caisse de marchandises, ce qui rend ce système très commode pour les voyageurs de commerce. On peut dire que le quadricycle Chenard, qui est l’un des premiers systèmes ayant donné des résultats satisfaisants, est resté l’un des plus réputés, en raison de sa bonne construction et de ses dispositions avantageuses.


Chenard quadricycles. — MM-. Chenard and Walcker, builders in Asnières, studied a quadricycle model removable, represented by figure 66, and which has gained wide interest because of the advantages it presents over all similar types. The front end, in painted sheet metal, can be fitted to the tricycle in less than a few minutes and removal the same. The traveler's seat can even be replaced by a goods crate, making this very convenient system for commercial travellers. We can say that the Chenard quadricycle, which is one of the first systems that gave satisfactory results, is remained one of the most famous, due to its good construction and advantageous layouts.

Sources:

Bourdache p433
wikiwand.com
Graffigny Ch. VII pp 123-128

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