René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928  Engine no. 433

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René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928
Engine no. 433

Sold for € 16,100 (US$ 18,241) inc. premium
René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928
Engine no. 433
• Une des plus importantes marques françaises
• La « Harley-Davidon » française
• 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 avant de créer sa propre firme de fabrication de motocycles. Introduites en 1900, 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. En 1922, la type G fit sa première apparition et cette V-twin à soupapes latérales, produite en 750 et 1 000 cm3 et surnommée « la Harley-Davidson française » allait rester au catalogue de la marque jusque dans les années 1950. 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. Dans les années 1930, la firme introduisit son propre système de suspension arrière en employant des ressorts placés en arrière de la roue arrière. Après la Seconde Guerre mondiale, René Gillet se consacra à la fabrication de machines légères à moteur deux-temps et cessa sa production en 1958 après son rachat par Peugeot.

Restaurée en 1988, cette René Gillet type G a fait partie pendant des années de la collection d'un amateur décédé et elle aura besoin d'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.1928 René Gillet 750cc Model G Motorcycle Combination
    Engine no. 433

    • Premier French make
    • 'The 'French Harley-Davidson'
    • From a deceased private collector's estate
    .



    Son of a railway worker, René Gillet moved to Paris in 1895 at the age of 18 and found employment with a firm of general engineers before establishing his own motorcycle manufacturing enterprise. Introduced in 1900, 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. In 1922 the Model G first appeared and this sidevalve v-twin, manufactured in 750cc and 1,000cc capacities and known as the 'French Harley-Davidson', would remain a fixture of the range into the 1950s. 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. In the 1930s the firm introduced its own novel form of rear suspension, with spring units mounted behind the rear wheel. After WW2 René Gillet concentrated mainly on the manufacture of two-stroke lightweights, and ceased motorcycle manufacture in 1958 following its purchase by Peugeot.

    Restored in 1988, this René Gillet Model G 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.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number is 433C.
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René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928  Engine no. 433
René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928  Engine no. 433
René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928  Engine no. 433
René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928  Engine no. 433
René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928  Engine no. 433
René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928  Engine no. 433
René Gillet 750 cm3 type G Side-car c.1928  Engine no. 433
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