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Lot 407: Dollar S3

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

In the early 1920s, the Charenton-based firm of Delachanal, manufacturers of bicycles under the 'Omnium & Spencer' name, diversified into motorcycle production. Europe had developed a fascination for all things American in the aftermath of WWI, prompting Delachanal to choose the name 'Dollar' for the new marque and adopt an Indian Chief's head as its emblem. Production began with a 125cc four-stroke and the little Dollar quickly established a reputation for both durability and speed, achieving numerous race victories and setting a number of records. 175cc and 250cc models followed and the firm's success forced its relocation to a new factory at Joinville-le-Point. Proprietary engines from Moser, MAG, JAP and Chaise were used at this time, the latter being the creation of Maurice Chaise, formerly chief engineer at Gnome & Rhône. Dollar's sports bikes used Chaise's new unitary construction, overhead-camshaft engines from 1928 and the firm introduced pressed-steel frames on some of its models. Shaft-drive and rear suspension were other innovative features adopted, and by the early 1930s the Dollar range included a four-cylinder 750cc model. Sadly, production did not resume after WW2. This restored 350cc Dollar has the Chaise unitary construction overhead-cam engine. One of the most magnificent in the collection, the machine is offered with French Carte Grise de collection.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number407
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€8000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€9200
Condition rating
Registration number4261 VH 61
Chassis number5693
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)500
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors