French sale in February to offer some amazing rarities

On Saturday, February 10, Artcurial Motorcars will hold a separate sale featuring an important single-owner collection of fascinating motorcycles.

Belonging to a French enthusiast who started collecting in the 1960s, the collection comprises nearly 80 pioneer, veteran and vintage machines. Many of the bikes pre-date the First World War and they offer a fantastic testimony to the early days of the motorcycle.

Based in Thiers, the knife-making capital of France, old motorcycles often found their way to the region to be dismantled so that the metal could be melted and recycled to make knives.


This collector rescued some rare and unusual motorcycles from this fate and displayed many on walls, like paintings. From early on, he was in touch with the first collectors and enthusiasts including Serge Pozzoli and M Lefranc, from whom he bought some important pieces.

In addition to early French machines, including Perno, Werner, Lamaudiére, Janoir and Majestic, the collection features well known names, such as Brough Superior and Norton. The entire collection will be offered at no reserve.

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