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Colomet Motorcycles

A Brief History of the Marque

Jaime Colomet of Palma de Mallorca worked with Chevrolet in the United States in the 1940s whilst studying engineering.

He returned to Mallorca with some years later and put his technical skills and his savings to good use. With his his brother Antonio, Jaime Colomet set up a workshop on Honderos Street in Palma, where they manufactured a variety of devices: marine engines, gas generators and also motorcycles. Their first was 45cc motorised bicycle, built in 1949.

Based on the BSA Bantam, in 1951 a motorcycle appeared, the 123cc M51 with a 3 speed foot-change gearbox, cradle frame and telescopic forks. Quite an advanced model for the day, it had a claimed top speed of 75 km/h. Tyres were 275x19 front and 300x19 rear.

This was followed by 50cc and 150cc models.

Total production appears to have been in the vicinity of 500 machines, the last being manufactured in 1955. Government records only show around 200 units, but it seems that the law did not require registration of the smaller models.

Mallorca (Majorca) is a small Spanish island in the Mediterranean, and is home to several different motorcycle marques, among them BMS and Coronat.

1. It has been suggested that some of the Colomet machines were in fact rebadged BSA Bantams, smuggled onto the island to avoid taxes. Certainly a comparison with the '51 Bantam lends credence to this. There was a similar situation with the Jimbell.

Sources:, correspondence, OTTW,

Wed Jun 10 2009
josfcolomet at hotmaildot com
I will like to buy a moto Colomet

Thu Jan 03 2008
mick at
125cc, model M51, 1951
Does anybody know where the engine & cycle parts for the Colomet spotted in Formentera come from?
They look like BSA Bantam to me!
Essex UK

Mon Nov 14 2005
jaime at
Mi nombre es Jaime Sancho. soy de Mallorca y me gustaría conocer el prpietario de la motocicleta COLOMET
muchas gracias

Translation: My name is Jaime Sancho. I am of Majorca and i would like to know the prpietario of the motorcycle COLOMET many thanks

Wed Aug 24 2005
familiareda at hotmail dot com
Marc Reda
this is my grandfather`s bike.colomet made in Mallorca at 1952.
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