1939 Peugeot 100cc Type 53CHL
Frame no. 375489
Engine no. T1PE520
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. In the years immediately before and after WWI the works Peugeots were a dominant force in racing, thanks to a succession of innovative overhead-camshaft designs by Jean Antoinescu. A wide range of models was manufactured between the wars but after WWII the firm concentrated mainly on the manufacture of two-stroke lightweights, mopeds and, following the Italian lead, scooters.
This charming 1930s ultra-lightweight was taken by Indian as part payment for 1,000 Chiefs ordered by the French government, which reputedly were commandeered by the occupying German forces and ended up with Rommel's Afrika Korps. Ridden by Lex du Pont at the age of 9 or 10, the machine retains its original paintwork and is offered with 1944 registration card in Paul DuPont's name, a ration card and certificate of title.
- Please note, that the title for this motorcycle is in transit.