1926 Harlette-Géco 175cc Super Sport Frame no. 1152

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Lot 224
1926 Harlette-Géco 175cc Super Sport
Frame no. 1152

Sold for CHF 2,070 (US$ 2,273) inc. premium
1926 Harlette-Géco 175cc Super Sport
Frame no. 1152

Footnotes

  • Its name suggesting 'little Harley-Davidson', the Harlette was the creation of Goode & Co of Neuilly-sur-Seine, one of the American brand's European importers, who wanted an affordable lightweight to sell alongside HD's larger and more expensive models. Harlette motorcycles were assembled in the factory belonging to J & H Gerkinet of Jeumont, northern France, where production of the first Harlette-Géco motorcycles began around 1923/1924. Some sources state that these early models used Gillet-Herstal two-stroke engines, while others (Tragatsch included) state that they were built under licence from Puch in Austria. Whatever the case, it is certain that some, like that offered here, were powered by overhead-valve Zurcher engines. Circa 1928 Gerkinet was taken over by the Belgian Gillet company, and from then onwards the machines were marketed as Géco-Herstal, powered by 175cc, 250cc and 350cc Zurcher engines. Production ended around 1930.

    The restoration of this rare French motorcycle was not without its problems: the German company overhauling the crankshaft lost it for a time, and a School of Mechanics had to be called upon to fabricate the pushrods, while another collector lent other original components so that copies could be made. The machine is offered with a spare engine, wicker basket, French registration papers, and Swiss form 13/20.

    Harlette Geco 175 cm3 Super Sport
    Cadre n° 1152

    Avec un nom évoquant une « petite Harley-Davidson », la Harlette fut une création de Goode & Co de Neuilly-sur-Seine, un importateur européen de la marque américaine qui avait souhaité vendre une machine légère parallèlement aux modèles HD plus gros et plus chers. Les motos Harlette étaient assemblées dans une usine appartenant à J. et H. Gerkinet à Jeumont dans le nord de la France où la production des premières motos Harlette-Géco démarra vers 1923/1924. Certaines sources indiquent que ces premiers modèles recevaient des moteurs deux temps Gillet-Herstal, tandis que d'autres (dont Tragatsch) avancent qu'ils étaient fabriqués sous licence de la marque autrichienne Puch. Quoi qu'il en soit, il est certain que certaines machines comme celle-ci étaient propulsées par des moteurs Zurcher à soupapes en tête. Vers 1928, Gerkinet fut rachetée par la firme belge Gillet et les motos furent commercialisées sous la marque Gillet-Herstal avec des moteurs Zurcher de 175, 250 et 350 cm3. La production s'arrêta vers 1930.

    La restauration de cette rare machine française connut pas mal de problèmes : la firme allemande chargée de la rectification du vilebrequin égara la pièce pendant un certain temps et une école technique eut la responsabilité de la fabrication des tiges de culbuteurs, tandis qu'un autre collectionneur prêtait des composants d'origine afin de les copier.

    La moto est offerte avec un moteur de rechange, un panier en osier, ses papiers d'immatriculation français et un document suisse 13/20.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the frame number is 1321. The engine number is 890K Please note that the chassis number does not match the Swiss form 13/20 or the French registration document Veuillez noter que le numéro de châssis est 1321. Le numéro de moteur est 890K Veuillez noter que le numéro de châssis ne coïncide pas avec le formulaire suisse 13/20 ou le document d'immatriculation français.
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1926 Harlette-Géco 175cc Super Sport Frame no. 1152
1926 Harlette-Géco 175cc Super Sport Frame no. 1152
1926 Harlette-Géco 175cc Super Sport Frame no. 1152
1926 Harlette-Géco 175cc Super Sport Frame no. 1152
1926 Harlette-Géco 175cc Super Sport Frame no. 1152
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