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Hirondelle Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque
Manufrance, St Etienne

Hirondelle 1914-1966

Hirondelle machines were sold by Manufacture Francaise d’Armes et Cycles de Saint-Etienne (Manufrance) and often displayed an MF logo. Some were built by the company under licence, many were built by others and rebranded.

Established in 1885, Manufrance was France's first mail order company, with an annual catalogue known as la Manu which at times exceeded 1000 pages. It offered a wide range of products, the most famous being small arms, bicycles and sewing machines. After WWII the company introduced cyclemotors and mopeds, with some success.

Hirondelle Models

The 1914 Hirondelle Legere had a 332cc Manufrance SV engine, and was available with sidecar or voiturette remorque (a trailer with seat).
1931-1933 Type B - 100 moteur Aubier Dunne C et D, 2T, single exhaust.
1948-1949 Bma Type 330 48cc Vap (Type 335 Dame), engine on left of rear wheel.
1947-1949 Model B - Ultima 2T 121cc (52 x 57 mm)
1949 Type C, 125cc Nervor 3 speed
1951 Type C, 125cc Nervor 3 speed
1950 Type D - 125cc Ydral 4 speed
1952 Bma 2, 49cc Poulain 3 speed (same as Automoto Bma 2)
1952 Type C, 125cc Nervor 3 speed
1953-1954 Model n°60 Scooter, rebadged Bernardette type Y52, Ydral 125cc 4 speed.
1953-54 Type 90, 125cc Nervor 3 speed (very similar to '52 Type C Nervor)
1953-1956 Type 96, 175cc Ydral 4 speed
1953-1961 Type 94, 125 Ydral 4 speed foot-shift, rigid rear.
1953-1961 Type 95, 125 Ydral 4 speed foot-shift, rear suspension (otherwise as per Type 94).
1954-1957 Type 55 Moped 49cc Junior
1955c Types 62 & 64, Scooter Monoplace, Comet 98cc engine
1955-1958 Type E (Type 93) Nervor 125cc 3 speed
1957 Type 57 grand luxe Moped 49cc Junior
1957-1961 Type 98, 175cc Ydral 4 speed, foot selector, dual exhaust
1959 125cc model had an Ydral engine
1958-1959 Type 70 moped 49cc Lavalette, manufactured by Cocymo. Fuel tank below seat. Also sold by Gerfaut of St Etienne.
1958-1959 Type 75 moped 49cc Lavalette. Similar to type 70, but fuel tank in conventional position.
1958-1959 Type 75 grand luxe moped 49cc Lavalette. Similar to type 75
1958-1959 Type 79 moped 49cc Lavalette, elegant fairing for engine, sculpted tank.
1962-1963 Type 14 grand luxe moped, Lavalette engine. (Same as Follis Type C102)
1962-1963 Type 16 super confort moped, Lavalette engine. (Same as Follis)
1962-1963 Type 18 sport moped, Lavalette engine. (Same as Follis Type C104)
1963 Type H20, Franco Morini engine (same as Follis)
1964-66 Type 13 luxe moped, Lavalette engine (same as Jeunet de Dole)
1964-66 Type 17 super confort moped, as per Type 17
1964-65 Type 19 sport moped (same as Jeunet)
1965-66 Type 21 sport moped (same as Jeunet)
1967 Type 2/17 (same as Jeunet)

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solerijeka at
Hirondelle 125 1948
Hi, I would like to sell my Hirondelle 125 '48 and I want know what it worth it about?
the documents are missing and the owner was passed away
it missing also headlight, intake manifold, start lever and chain cower
engine seems to be in good condition..
Alen Spincic, Rijeka, Croatia
regards :)
Alen Spincic
Rijeka, Croatia

batman47300 at
1947 hirondelle moteur nervor
plusieurs modeles d hirondelle moteur nervor 125 cc+ 2 sorties échappement.
Je ne trouve pas de piston , segments tout le reste est ok.
Auriez Vous ces pièces ?
Merci pour Votre contact.
A bientot .
1947 nervor engine hirondelle
several models of hirondelle 125 cc nervor engine + 2 exhaust outlets.
I can't find a piston, segments everything else is ok.
Do you have these pieces?
Thank you for your contact.
See you soon .
France 47300
Rob Stepney
Tamworth Uk

Hopefully someone can offer a source for Nervor parts. Ed.

Sun Aug 10 2014
speakeasyeslcafe at
1948 Hirondelle 125cc
Your advert says its for sale. I would like to know how much is the cost to purchase it. I may also want it shipped to me in Bangkok, Thailand.
Bangkok, Thailand

Tue Mar 18 2014
info at
For Sale / A Vendre
Hirondelle 1948 125m3
Barnfind without papers. Was stored for over 35 years. Was running at that time. Engine is not blocked but didn't try to start it.
The frame number is 3293

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