c.1928 Peugeot 250cc P108
Frame no. P108 80536
Engine no. 80593
Formerly producers of tools, coffee mills, umbrella spikes and corsetry, Peugeot commenced its long-standing connection with transportation in 1882 when it added cycle manufacture to its portfolio. One of the pioneering firms of the French motorcycle industry, Peugeot followed the familiar progression: first adding proprietary clip-on engines to its bicycles before building complete machines of its own manufacture. Having hitherto relied on proprietary power units, the firm introduced its own in 1903. Using a Peugeot v-twin engine, Norton-mounted Rem Fowler won the inaugural Isle of Man TT race in 1907 and the French make featured prominently in the first ever motorcycle race to be held at Brooklands when, on Easter Monday 1908, a brace of Peugeot-powered NLGs finished 1st and 2nd.
A wide range of machines was manufactured between the wars, one landmark development being the introduction of a range of unitary construction four-stroke singles in the mid-1920s. At this time almost all motorcycles had a separate engine and gearbox, linked by an exposed primary drive chain. Combining the engine and gearbox within a single assembly made for a compact and clean layout, which was a strong selling point for many prospective customers. By the decade's end the range had expanded to include five different models with engines ranging from 174cc to 346cc in capacity, all with side valves apart from the overhead-valve P105 sports roadster. These advanced Peugeots would turn out to be an immense commercial success, enabling the French manufacturer to increase production by some 85% between 1927 and 1930.
An early purchase for the Collection, this Peugeot P108 has been restored by the vendor's father-in-law, Vicente Sevilla. The machine is fitted with a 'Herm. Reimann Germania' acetylene headlamp and a Nirona tail lamp and generator. Offered with French registration papers.
- The engine number for this lot should read 80586.
There are no French registration papers offered with this lot.