1911 Peugeot Moto Legere MD 350 Twin Frame no. 16555

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1911 Peugeot Moto Legere MD 350 Twin

Frame no. 16555

Sold for US$ 26,450 inc. premium
1911 Peugeot Moto Legere MD 350 Twin

Frame no. 16555

Few Americans are aware of this grand marque's pioneering and influential history. In the nascent years of motoring, whether it was motorcars, motorcycles or airplanes, the French were at the forefront of innovation and Peugeot was in the thick of it.

In 1890, after already having built steam-powered automobiles, Peugeot produced their first internal combustion car, powered by a Daimler engine, and by 1896 they'd developed their own engine to power their ever-growing line of vehicles.

For two-wheeled machines, Peugeot built their first motorcycle way back in 1898, powered by a De Dion-Bouton motor. A dozen years later, with two-wheelers firmly established alongside those with four wheels as part of the firm's offerings, a new, lightweight, reasonably powered and moderately priced motorcycle was developed.

This new Moto Légère employed a modern and reliable 350cc, 4-stroke, V-twin engine with atmospheric intake. It proved easy to start and handle, weighed less than 90lbs., and was capable of speeds up to 40mph. Advertised by Peugeot as "light, robust, elegant, flexible and economic, it is sure to hold the attention of all who see it," adding that it's "ideal for tourism or racing."

This 1911 model is an original and complete example that was the recipient of professional and accurate restoration. While it has not been started by the current vendor, it is reported to be mechanically sound, only requiring the customary inspection before heading out onto the road. With exquisite details only found on bikes of this era, such as the beautiful engine-turned motor or the carved horn handles, this delightful motorcycle still captures the attention of those who see it over a century later.
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1911 Peugeot Moto Legere MD 350 Twin Frame no. 16555
1911 Peugeot Moto Legere MD 350 Twin Frame no. 16555
1911 Peugeot Moto Legere MD 350 Twin Frame no. 16555
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