French Motorcycles

Lutetia Bicycle and Motorcycle Engines

Motorcycle engines and bicycle attachment engines manufactured by Marcel Échard of 31, Bd de Courbevoie in Neuilly-Sur-Seine. The firm was established by as F. Echard & Cie by his his father, Felix, in 1902 at 45, rue Gravel, Levallois-Perret. They built motorcycles as early as 1902, fitted with L'Universel and De Dion engines, and in 1903 fitted Gautier-WehrlĂ© petroleum engines.

Échard & Cie was dissolved in December 1904.

Felix's sons Marcel and Roland began a new enterprise under the Echard name in 1912, initially building outboard motors. By 1921, in addition to a variety of stationary and marine engines, an auxilliary bicycle engine was offered. A 100c engine was added to the range in 1923, and these were used by Louis Clement.

Lutetia 250cc two-stroke engines appeared in 1928, and these were fitted to Austral PC models of that year.

A gentleman by the name of Échard features on a photograph from the BNF captioned "Echard sur Echard, Paris-Madrid 1903".

An account of that race says, "a motorcyclist named Maille, who mounted Echard's machine and took it first for the latter..."

Sources:,, et al.

There was also a Lutetia bicycle built by André Godmard of 30, rue Moret, Paris XIe)

If you have a query or information about these French machines please contact us