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Lot 405: Magnat-Debon VMA 750 v-twin

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Magnat-Debon were founded in Lyon in 1906 and their Grenoble factory was acquired by the famous Terrot concern in Dijon from 1923 onwards. At first Terrot took the trouble to keep Magnat-Debon as a distinctive make with its own identity, retaining its excellent reputation, even to the extent of encouraging different designs and types of engine which maintained the distinction between the two. Terrot benefited from Magnat-Debon's dealer network and faithful clientele while Magnat-Debon followed the well-known Terrot build quality, which meant that both makes survived the depression, finally ceasing production in the early '60s. firms were much closer in design, with this powerful machine being marketed as both the Terrot VA and the Magnat-Debon VMA. A side-valve v-twin of 70mm x 97mm bore and stroke with a four-speed gearbox, the VMA was a compact and extremely good-looking, large-capacity range-leader aimed at a wealthy and enthusiastic clientele who preferred to motor-cycle rather than drive a car. This example has, as can be seen, received a high-quality restoration to the original specification in black, red and chrome, retaining such period-correct items as the metal panniers and the distinctively-badged cast silencer. This rare and prestigious French motorcycle is offered with a Carte-Grise.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number405
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€22000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€25300
Condition rating2
Registration number5152 VG 61
Chassis number198868
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)748
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors