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Special Monneret Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque


Manufactured by Georges Monneret, famed French motorcycle dealer and road-racing champion. These were 49cc VAP and Sachs two-strokes built from 1952 to 1958 with lines quite similar to the Paloma Johnny. It seems to be better known as Super VAP Spécial Monneret, despite the fact that many had Sachs engines.

S3V Special Monneret specification:

  • 49.9 cc Sachs 50-3 - 4.3 HP fab-cooled engine - Double cradle frame - Italian styling - Telescopic forks and swinging arm rear suspension - Excellent brakes with large diameter ventilated hubs - 23 x 2.25 motorcycle tyres - Sports tank holding 11 litres. Dual Seat. Colour: cherry red, white decorations

The S4V had a 4-speed gearbox with foot change, kick starter and no pedals.

On September 14, 1963 a Monneret Special using an Itom frame and a Sachs engine claimed three 50cc records: 6 hours, 12 hours and 1,000 km.

Sources:,, François-Marie Dumas, et al.

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