1930 Dollar 500cc S3
Registration no. 4261 VH 61
Frame no. 5693
In the early 1920s, the Charenton-based firm of Delachanal, manufacturers of bicycles under the 'Omnium & Spencer' name, diversified into motorcycle production. Europe had developed a fascination for all things American in the aftermath of WWI, prompting Delachanal to choose the name 'Dollar' for the new marque and adopt an Indian Chief's head as its emblem. Production began with a 125cc four-stroke and the little Dollar quickly established a reputation for both durability and speed, achieving numerous race victories and setting a number of records. 175cc and 250cc models followed and the firm's success forced its relocation to a new factory at Joinville-le-Point. Proprietary engines from Moser, MAG, JAP and Chaise were used at this time, the latter being the creation of Maurice Chaise, formerly chief engineer at Gnome & Rhône. Dollar's sports bikes used Chaise's new unitary construction, overhead-camshaft engines from 1928 and the firm introduced pressed-steel frames on some of its models. Shaft-drive and rear suspension were other innovative features adopted, and by the early 1930s the Dollar range included a four-cylinder 750cc model. Sadly, production did not resume after WW2.
This restored 350cc Dollar has the Chaise unitary construction overhead-cam engine. One of the most magnificent in the collection, the machine is offered with French Carte Grise de collection.
- L'avant-dernière phrase doit s'entendre comme suit : "Cette Dollar 500 cm3 restaurée est dotée du bloc moteur Chaise à soupapes en tête" contrairement à ce qui est indiqué au catalogue. On notera que la date de fabrication est approximative.
La machine est vendue avec son certificate d'immatriculation, mais pas la carte grise comme indiquee au catalogue. Le numero d'immatriculation est 4262 VH61, et non pas 4261 VH61 comme indique au catalogue.
The penultimate sentence should read: 'This restored 500cc Dollar has the Chaise unitary construction overhead-valve engine' and not as printed in the catalogue. It should be noted that the date of manufacture is approximate.
The machine is offered with a Certificat d'immatriculation, not a Carte Grise as stated in the catalogue. The immatriculation number is 4262 VH61, not 4261 VH61 as stated in the catalogue.