1935 Koehler-Escoffier 350cc KLS4

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Lot 487
1935 Koehler-Escoffier 350cc KLS4

£ 2,300 - 3,000
US$ 2,800 - 3,700
Amended
1935 Koehler-Escoffier 350cc KLS4
The French Koehler-Escoffier marque was founded in Lyons in November 1912 by partners Marcel Koehler, an engineer, and Jules Escoffier, who had previously been employed at Magnat-Debon as a works rider/mechanic. Escoffier died in 1914 and at the war's end Koehler sold the firm, which was acquired by another engineer, Raymond Guignet. These days Koehler-Escoffier is best remembered for its Guiguet-designed, overhead-camshaft 'Mandoline' 500cc single, so called because of the shape of the timing cover and cam drive, and the closely related 1,000cc ohc v-twin, which was unique at the time of its introduction in 1927. Manufacturing these expensive, relatively low-volume models, both of which were underdeveloped, effectively crippled Koehler-Escoffier, which was taken over by Monet-Goyon in 1929. From then onwards the two ranges became virtually identical, most models featuring Villiers two-stroke engines after WW2.

We are advised that this MAG-engined Koehler-Escoffier has had only one owner (in Germany) since WW2. In regular use since it was completely restored in 1984, the machine has mellowed nicely in the intervening 20-plus years and remains in generally good condition. The magneto was overhauled (in 2001) and the nickel plating on the exhaust system and wheels is new, while the headlamp, rear light and speedometer are the only notified deviations from factory specification. Described as running well, this fast, sporting middleweight is offered with German registration papers.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is PS47N622. The frame number is: KBS47624
1935 Koehler-Escoffier 350cc KLS4
1935 Koehler-Escoffier 350cc KLS4
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