1929 Koehler Escoffier
Lot 120
1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674
Sold for £9,200 (US$ 15,022) inc. premium

Lot Details
1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc Frame no. 44875 Engine no. 3674 1929 Koehler Escoffier 1929 Koehler Escoffier
1929 Koehler-Escoffier 500cc
Frame no. 44875
Engine no. 3674
A French motorcycle of the finest quality, this overhead-valve Koehler-Escoffier is equipped with twin-port MAG engine, Burman gearbox, Dunlop wheels and Drilastic saddle. The machine carries a plaque on the front mudguard bearing the name of M Henry, 89 Rue Pixerecourt, Paris XX, possibly the supplying dealer. We are advised that during WW2 it was commandeered by the occupying German Army and repainted in military colours. In 1978 the Koehler-Escoffier was registered (as a sidecar outfit) to Michel Baudoin at 16 Rue du Saussoy, St Augustin and in 1983 was imported into the UK by Mr Patrick Low of Basingstoke. There is a Customs & Excise Form 386 on file showing that no duty was payable on import, together with copies of the French registration papers. The motorcycle was bought by the current vendor in December 1993 and ridden on private property. It became clear that it needed conservation to prevent any further deterioration and so eventually was dismantled and restored in 2011. The original colour was found on the inside of the engine plates and matched for a professional re-spray. Other parts were re-plated or, if not replaceable, merely cleaned up. Rare and stylish, this beautiful Koehler-Escoffier affords the prospect of an exciting ride on next year's Banbury Run.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is: 1C9 H12 No.3674 Extended description: The French Koehler-Escoffier marque was founded in Lyons in November 1912 by partners Marcel Koehler, an engineer, and Jules Escoffier, who had previously been employed at Magnat-Debon as a works rider/mechanic. Escoffier died in 1914 and at the war's end Koehler sold the firm, which was acquired by another engineer, Raymond Guignet. These days Koehler-Escoffier is best remembered for its Guiguet-designed, overhead-camshaft 'Mandoline' 500cc single, so called because of the shape of the timing cover and cam drive, and the closely related 1,000cc ohc v-twin, which was unique at the time of its introduction in 1927. Manufacturing these expensive, relatively low-volume models, both of which were underdeveloped, effectively crippled Koehler-Escoffier, which was taken over by Monet-Goyon in 1929. From then onwards the two ranges became virtually identical, most models featuring Villiers two-stroke engines after WW2. A French motorcycle of the finest quality, this overhead-valve Koehler-Escoffier is equipped with twin-port MAG engine, Burman gearbox, Dunlop wheels and Drilastic saddle. The machine carries a plaque on the front mudguard bearing the name of M Henry, 89 Rue Pixerecourt, Paris XX, possibly the supplying dealer. We are advised that during WW2 it was commandeered by the occupying German Army and repainted in military colours. In 1978 the Koehler-Escoffier was registered to Michel Baudoin at 16 Rue du Saussoy, St Augustin and in 1983 was imported into the UK by Mr Patrick Low of Basingstoke. There is a Customs & Excise Form 386 on file showing that no duty was payable on import, together with copies of the French registration papers. The motorcycle was bought by the current vendor in December 1993 and ridden on private property. It became clear that it needed conservation to prevent any further deterioration and so was dismantled and restored in 2011. The original colour was found on the inside of the engine plates and matched for a professional re-spray. Other parts were re-plated or, if not replaceable, merely cleaned up. Rare and stylish, this beautiful Koehler-Escoffier affords the prospect of an exciting ride on next year's Banbury Run.
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