Page 196. 1928 Magnat Debon 350cc. SOLD

1928 Magnat Debon ‘Model BM’ 350cc Sidevalve

Excellent Original Unrestored Condition

Eligible for the Banbury Run

Starts First Kick; Excellent Running Order


This superb machine is another from my French friend Alain. On sale, he’ll deliver it to me in Brighton, from where it can be delivered wherever the purchaser requires.



As Terrot had recently purchased Magnat Debon in 1928, this machine is almost identical to the Terrot Model H, and its engine and gearbox were made by Terrot. Terrot was the market leader at the time, so you’re assured of good quality engineering throughout. Terrot is now the most popular marque for French vintage enthusiasts, and their machines command higher prices than other makes.

Alain has copies of the manuals and parts list for this motorcycle, and they are included in the sale.











Grenoble, France

At the turn of the century in Grenoble Joseph Magnat and Louis Debon founded this company to manufacture bicycles. In 1902 the first motorcycle was produced, equipped with a De Dion Bouton engine. In the years before the first world war the firm prospered: their machines featured many novel features, such a telescopic front suspension and overhead valves. However, at the end of the war, both founders died, and in the early twenties the company got into financial problems and was taken over by Terrot in 1928.

For a number of years the machines of Terrot and Magnat Debon kept their own identities. Some Magnat Debons were equipped with English Blackburne engines, while some Terrots had JAPs. In this way separate agencies could be kept, and in the market the two marques operated as separate companies. From 1929, however, the machines became practically identical, and Terrot supplied their own side valve engines.


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I like to make the experience of buying a vintage vehicle as enjoyable as possible.

Original motorcycle literature is available to download for free from the website.

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DELIVERY: is not included in this auction. Our website contains details of recommended delivery services.
United Kingdom – delivery is £70 for a 2-wheeler to most parts of the UK.
Europe – delivery is under €400 Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc.
North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan – we’ll organize shipping for you.

PAYMENT: Paypal is okay for cheap items; otherwise deposit only on paypal please.
International purchasers – I prefer bank transfer.

AFTER PURCHASE: Please email me your phone numbers; I like to to speak to all purchasers personally.

I do everything I can to make your purchase a pleasurable experience.

VEHICLE CONDITION: Vintage vehicles are wonderful beasts – but each has an individual personality and they sometimes have bad days just like you and me.
You will need basic mechanical skills (or a local mechanic) to use one on a regular basis.
2-Stroke engines – and cyclemotors in particular – are notoriously unreliable. Basic servicing is generally required if unused for even a few weeks.

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.
Unless an auction description specifically states that the vehicle is running, THE VEHICLE IS SOLD FOR RESTORATION.



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