c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276

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Lot 503
c.1928 Dollar 350cc
Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276

£ 7,000 - 9,000
US$ 9,400 - 12,000
Amended
c.1928 Dollar 350cc
Frame no. 5082
Engine no. 3276
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 1903s the Dollar range included a four-cylinder 750. Production did not resume after WW2. This 350cc Dollar has the Chaise unit-construction overhead-cam engine. Restored in the 1990s, this rare machine has not been started while in the current owner’s possession and thus will require re-commissioning before further use.

Saleroom notices

  • This is a Model KSS Sports-Luxe with the overhead cam engine by Chaise and is believed to be circa 1930.
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
c.1928 Dollar 350cc Frame no. 5082 Engine no. 3276
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