1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
Lot 242
1931 Majestic 350cc A350
Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
€60,000 - 80,000
US$ 75,000 - 99,000
amended

Lot Details
1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised 1931 Majestic 350cc A350 Frame no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
1931 Majestic 350cc A350
Frame no. to be advised
Engine no. to be advised
The Majestic was the brainchild of French engineer, Georges Roy. Roy considered the traditional tubular frame unsuitable for a motorcycle because of its tendency to flex and susceptibility to breakage caused by vibration. His solution was sheet steel 'monocoque' chassis that overcame these drawbacks while at the same time providing the drive train, if not the rider, with a measure of weather protection. The result was a streamlined torpedo embodying the Art Deco aesthetic of the day. Roy's New Motorcycle was not a commercial success but that did not deter him from developing the design still further in the form of the 'Majestic'. Introduced at the 1929 Paris Show, the Majestic featured hub-centre steering and Morgan-style sliding pillar front suspension. Production versions were powered by single-cylinder Chaise overhead-valve engines. Motorcycles were merely a diversion for Roy, whose main business was the knitting industry, and in 1930 he sold the Majestic production rights to Messrs Delachanal, makers of Dollar motorcycles. It estimated that approximately ten examples have survived, one of which was featured in the Guggenheim Museum's 'The Art of the Motorcycle' exhibition in 1998/1999. This particular Majestic is powered by a 350cc Chaise overhead-valve engine. In poor condition when purchased seven years ago from Mr Marbaise, one of the restorers of the Pozzoli Collection, it has been restored by the current owner and was finished in 2012 (photographic record on file). This wonderful Majestic is offered with an original manufacturer's brochure and price list.

Footnotes

  • Majestic A350 350 cm3 1931
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    La Majestic fut une création de l'ingénieur français Georges Roy, Roy estimait inadapté le cadre en tube sujet à des flexions et à des ruptures dues aux vibrations. Sa solution prit d'abord la forme d'une structure « monocoque » en tôle d'acier qui devait éliminer ces défauts tout en procurant en même temps à la mécanique, sinon au pilote, une certaine protection contre les intempéries. Il en résulta finalement une coque emboutie profilée comme une torpille et marquée par le style art déco de l'époque.
    La « New Motorcycle » de Roy ne rencontra pas un grand succès commercial, mais il en poursuivit le développement sous la forme de la « Majestic ». Lancée au salon de Paris 1929, la Majestic se distinguait par sa direction à moyeu à pivot central et une suspension avant à éléments télescopiques dans le style des Morgan. Les machines de production étaient équipées d'un moteur monocylindre Chaise à soupapes en tête. Les motos ne furent qu'une activité secondaire pour Georges Roy dont l'activité principale concernait les machines à tricoter. En 1930 il vendit les droits de production de la Majestic aux Ets Delachenal, fabricants des motos Dollar. On estime qu'une dizaine d'exemplaires ont survécu dont un figura dans l'exposition « The Art of the Motorcycle » du musée Guggenheim en 1998-1999.
    Cette Majestic est équipée d'un moteur Chaise 350 cm3 à soupapes en tête. En triste état lors de son achat il y a sept ans auprès de M. Marbaise, un des restaurateurs de la Collection Pozzoli, elle a été restaurée par le propriétaire actuel et achevée en 2012. (dossier de photos disponible). Cette superbe Majestic est accompagnée d'un catalogue constructeur et d'un tarif d'origine.

Saleroom notices

  • The Frame Number is 868. The Engine Number is 7510. The Engine Crankcase Mating Numbers are 3112. This machine is offered with a copy of the manufacturer's brochure and price list.
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