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Liberator Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Address: 47 rue Cartier Bresson, Pantin in Paris. They are also listed at 2 Adolphe Aaàm, Paris in 1905

Built bicycles, motorcycles, tandems, and tricars.

First produced in 1901, the machines employed Bovy & Saroléa bicycles fitted with 250cc fourstroke engines. These engines were also exported to Great Britain where they were used in the Kerry. 232cc Romania engines from Minerva were fitted in 1902. Liberator motorcycles were displayed at the Paris Salon in 1902 and 1904, and presumably also in 1903.

Bourdache writes that in 1905 Sarolea single and V-twin engines replaced Piprès or Perfecta engines.

Sources: Wikipedia FR, Bourdache p438

Society "Liberator" Pantin have several motorcycles on show, including a tricycle and quadricycle. One of the bicycles has a Romania motor, and is fitted with single lever control. The tricycle and quad are fitted with water-cooling, the radiators lining arranged at the ends of the tanks. An extra powerful band brake also calls for special notice. This is worked by a peculiar type of compression lever on the top tube of the frame.

Paris Salon 1902 in Motor Cycling, December 17th, 1902.

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