Page 102. 1948 Monet & Goyon Motorox 34cc. SOLD

1948 Monet & Goyon Motorox 34cc on William Bicycle


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MONET & GOYON

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During the First World War, Adrien Goyon financed engineer Joseph Monet to manufacture disability vehicles for war veterans. Their company Monet & Goyon was formed in 1917.

Their first engine, in 1919, was a 117cc autowheel, which they also used in their Automouche and Vélauto three-wheeled scooters up to 1925 (above). This was sometimes proclaimed as the World’s first scooter (1919), though it wasn’t: the American 1916 Autoped was actually the first.

Monet Goyon manufactured various motorcycles up to the 2nd World War including, from 1931 onwards, a series of 98cc Villiers-powered BMA’s (‘Bicyclette Moteur Auxiliaire’ – the equivalent of our pedal-assisted autocycles). They had always been interested in the ‘lower end’ of the market, ie making cheap machines to get poorer folks on the road.

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When the Lohmann appeared on the market in 1949, Monet & Goyon imported the engines to fit to their own stengthened frames (above). It’s interesting how they also attached a name plate below the crossbar.

But the company had a lot of problems with this 34cc Motorox cycle-attachment. It was not sufficiently tested to iron out various running issues before it was launched, as a result of which it developed a bad reputation. It was underpowered and fragile and, despite several companies making the engines, the Motorox nearly bankrupted Monet & Goyon. Nevertheless, it was the first proper postwar cycle attachment engine (‘moteur auxiliaire’) in France, so it is of great historic interest.

Unfortunately, for Monet & Goyon, the Motorox has significance for another event in history. French designer Marcel Morel proposed a 49cc cyclemotor design to the company. They refused his ideas and went with the Motorox instead. As a result, Morel moved to Motobecane and his design promptly became one of the most successful cyclemotors of all time – the Mobylette!

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POSTWAR FRENCH MOTEURS AUXILIAIRES

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