1930 Dollar 500cc S3 Engine no. 2593U
Lot 407
1930 Dollar 500cc S3 Frame no. 5693
Sold for €9,200 (US$ 12,354) inc. premium
Lot Details
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.

Footnotes

  • Dollar 500 cm3 1930
    Immatriculation n° 4261 VH 61
    Cadre n° 5693

    Au début des années 1920, la firme de Delachenal située à Charenton, constructeur de bicyclettes sous la marque « Omnium et Spencer », se diversifia dans la production de motos. Au lendemain de la Grande Guerre l'Europe était alors fascinée par tout ce qui venait d'Amérique, ce qui incita Delachenal à choisir le mot « Dollar » pour la nouvelle marque et une tête de chef indien comme emblème. La production démarra avec une quatre-temps de 125 cm3 et la petite Dollar se forgea vite une réputation de vitesse et d'endurance en récoltant de nombreuses victoires en course et en battant plusieurs records. Des types de 175 et 250 cm3 suivirent et le succès de la firme obligea celle-ci à se transférer dans une nouvelle usine à Joinville-le-Pont. À l'époque des moteurs de provenance extérieure – Moser, MAG, JAP et Chaise – furent installés, ces derniers étant conçus par Maurice Chaise, ancien ingénieur en chef de Gnome et Rhône. Les motos de sport Dollar reçurent le bloc-moteur à arbre à cames en tête de Chaise à partir de 1928 et la firme introduisit des cadres en tôle emboutie sur certains modèles. La marque innova en adoptant parfois la transmission par arbre et la suspension arrière et, au début des années 1930, la gamme Dollar comprit un type 750cm3 à quatre cylindres. Malheureusement, la production ne reprit pas après la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

    Cette 350 Dollar restaurée est dotée du bloc-moteur Chaise à un ACT. Une des plus belles machines de la collection, elle est proposée avec sa carte grise française de collection.

Saleroom notices

  • 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.
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