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Lot 406: Automoto A11 Supersport

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Automoto was a considerable maker of good-quality bicycles who, as was normal in the 1900s, turned to motorcycles. Founded in St, Etienne, Loire, France, the company remained there until ultimately being absorbed into the Peugeot concern. Motive power for their extensive production of motorcycles before 1930 came from such respected firms as Chaise, Zurcher, J.A.P. and Villiers, and post-war, the Automoto name continued until the 1960s. The excellent work of Ets. Chaise in producing a powerful, overhead-camshaft engine unit, comparable to those from English makers such as Velocette, motivated the best of French independent motorcycle makers to build machines to suit this innovative power-unit. The Automoto design at the head of their 1928 range was the A11, a fast machine with a high level of equipment as standard, including electric lighting and tank-top instrumentation. The model was a success in all respects, gaining, as did most Automoto products, a reputation for power, stability, good handling and, importantly, good brakes. The A11 offered here is a very careful restoration of an intact and original machine and is thus complete with its correct set of original equipment including the Marchal lighting set, correct twin exhausts with Automoto-branded silencers, three French Jaeger instruments (5,262km recorded), a lever-operated centre-stand and the original Reims supplier's plaque. Requiring the usual re-commissioning and safety checks, this fine example of a French '20s sports machine should give much pleasure to its new owner. The machine is offered with French Carte Grise.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number406
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€8500
Hammer Price (inc premium)€9775
Year1929
Condition rating
Registration number8728 SX 61
Mileage-
Chassis number51939
Engine number20194
Engine capacity (cc)499
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors