René Gillet 6 HP V-twin c.1910

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Lot 251
René Gillet 6 HP V-twin c.1910

Sold for € 16,100 (US$ 18,141) inc. premium
René Gillet 6 HP V-twin c.1910
• Une des plus importantes marques françaises
• Rare modèle des débuts
• En provenance d'une collection héritée

Fils d'un cheminot, René Gillet s'établit à Paris en 1895 à l'âge de 18 ans pour travailler dans une entreprise de mécanique générale. Sa première incursion dans le domaine de la motorisation concerna la conception et la construction d'un prototype de moteur auxiliaire pour bicyclette installé au-dessus de la roue avant, puis il devint constructeur de motocycles . Comme les Frères Werner, il avait très vite compris que la moto devait être conçue intégralement et non comme un bicycle motorisé par un moteur ajouté après coup. En 1900, il produisit un modèle de 2 ½ HP dont le moteur était installé dans une position qui deviendra conventionnelle. Les premières motos René Gillet furent équipées de monocylindres inclinés vers l'arrière dans le cadre (comme les Indian) tandis qu'en 1905, la marque cataloguait neuf types différents dont cinq V-twins. Les René Gillet se forgèrent très vite une réputation de robustesse et de fiabilité en bénéficiant de commandes de l'armée et des forces de police, tandis que les grosses V-twins étaient très appréciées pour la traction des side-cars.

Restaurée en 1997, cette rare René Gillet 6 HP qui a fait partie pendant des années de la collection d'un amateur décédé nécessitera une révision avant de reprendre la route. Ce lot que n'accompagne aucun document est vendu strictement dans l'état où il se trouve.

Footnotes

  • c.1910 René Gillet 6hp V-twin

    • Premier French make
    • Rare early model
    • From a deceased private collector's estate
    .



    Son of a railway worker, René Gillet moved to Paris in 1895 at the age of 18, finding employment with a firm of general engineers. His first venture into powered transport was the design and manufacture of a prototype engine suitable for attachment to a bicycle above the front wheel, from which modest beginnings René Gillet moved on to become a motorcycle manufacturer. Like the Werner Brothers, he soon realised that a motorcycle needed to be designed as whole and not as a bicycle with the engine attached as an afterthought, and in 1900 a 2¾hp model was produced with the engine in what would become the conventional position. The first René Gillet motorcycles featured single-cylinder engines tilted rearwards in the frame (like Indian) while for 1905 the firm advertised nine different models, including five v-twins. René Gillet rapidly established a reputation for robustness and reliability - securing contracts from the army and police force - and its larger v-twins were particularly favoured as sidecar machines.

    Restored in 1997, this rare early René Gillet 6hp has been in the deceased owner's private collection for many years and will require commissioning before returning to the road. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.
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