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Lot 117: Motosacoche Model B

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Founded in Acacias, Geneva, in 1901, Motosacoche took its name from Henri and Armand Dufaux's self-contained cycle-motor power unit, literally 'une moto sa coche' or 'engine in a bag'. The 211cc motor was soon being manufactured in substantial numbers and the brothers set up a subsidiary firm to market it in the UK. This led to collaboration with Royal Enfield, who supplied the cycle parts necessary to market a complete machine and used a Motosacoche v-twin engine when they recommenced motorcycle manufacture in 1910. The Motosacoche and Royal Enfield ranges were effectively identical for the next few years, but after WWI the Swiss marque's presence in the UK market would be limited to supplying its MAG proprietary engines to other manufacturers. This nicely patinated and substantially original early Motosacoche-engined bicycle is offered for sale by an Italian private collector. There are no documents with this Lot, which is offered in need of re-commissioning and sold strictly as viewed.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number117
Estimate£7000-£10000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£5500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6325
Year1904
Condition rating
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number
Engine number21084
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors