c.1928 Rhony'x 499cc Model 'GX'
Frame no. C 849
Engine no. 2394
One of the top echelon of inventive motorcycle firms who competed for business in France in the vintage era was the Lyon company of Etablissements Rhony'x, who were in business from 1924 until around 1932. They made well-designed and well-presented machines, which used proprietary Stainless, J.A.P. and Chaise engines in their own running-gear, in this case with sprung forks and rigid rear. Greatly liked because of their sharp appearance and excellent specification the Rhony'x ranges sold well, being brought down only by the great Depression of the 'thirties, as were so many of their competitors.
This machine is their 'top of the range' Model GX, one of the more powerful French motorcycles. Technically very interesting, it uses the innovative single-overhead-camshaft Chaise engine-gearbox unit, developed in the same spirit and era as the KSS Velocette and Norton CS1, at a time when pushrod engines seemed obsolete and were viewed as old-fashioned. This Rhony'x 500 is in excellent restored condition, in the maker's colours and fully equipped with a contemporary electric lighting set. Once registered, this rare example of a top French maker's product at the height of their powers, will provide an unusual vintage performance mount for VMCC and other club activities.