Page 39. 1947 Peugeot Confort (Model P55C) 125cc SOLD

1947 Peugeot Confort (Model P55C) 125cc 3-Speed

with Carte Grise (French registration document)

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The 1950s Peugeot 125cc is the equivalent of the British BSA Bantam: ie they are still fairly common, being popular, reliable and practical machines that were market leaders in their day. However, like the first D1 Bantams, the Peugeot P55’s that came out in the first few years postwar are now scarce and highly valued.

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The P55C has attractive pre-war styling (its design copied the 1939 100cc models) with girder forks and hand-gear change. It looks very much like a French army bike. (With a few extra accessories you could easily use it as one).

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You can compare it to the catalogue picture below.

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This machine was restored 10 years ago. During its restoration the engine was completely rebuilt. It was rewired and the tyres are new. It starts easily, and runs and functions well.

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My only criticism of this bike is that the exhaust is tarnished and the saddle is a bit torn. Otherwise it’s in very smart condition. You could replace these items to bring it up to show standard. But, of course, you could also leave them as they are to retain the Peugeot’s individual character.

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BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SMALL PEUGEOT MOTORCYCLES

Before WW2, Peugeot was the French market leader in motorcycle production. In the 1930s, the BMA (100cc Bicyclette Moteur Auxiliaire) was all the rage: motorcycles with pedals were allowed tax concessions to help motorize the public. The British autocycle fulfilled a similar function (without concessions), but the BMA was much more stylish, looking like a smaller version of the motorcycles of the day.

Peugeot BMA’s attracted intrepid adventurers, who would motor them around the world as endurance tests for both machine and man. The chap below appears to have peugeot’d around Europe and subsequently drawn an artistic red line on a map to illustrate his route.

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Below is a 1933 Peugeot P51 BMA I sold in November 2008

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You can see the way the design progressed by comparing it with the picture below ( a 1939 P53 BMA I owned for a few years until until March 2008).

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FOR MORE PICS OF MY OLD P53 PLEASE CLICK HERE

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The Peugeot P Series Family Tree

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Peugeot built motorcycles during the War, while France was still under German occupation. The 125cc P55 model featured here was based on the pre-war 100cc Peugeot P53, and the first models were produced in 1944. You can compare the early postwar 100cc P54 and the first 125cc P55 in the 1946 brochure below.

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The evolution of the Peugeot P 55 series models is rather confusing (I hope the chart above will help). But essentially the P55 was the first of the 125cc Peugeots, manufactured in 1946 and superseded almost immediately by the 55c in 1947.

So the first variation of the basic P55 is the model P55C Confort featured in this auction. It’s distinguished from the first model 55 illustrated above) by a hinged rear mudguard and a framework reinforced and widened to allow a 25″ tyre instead of the earlier 24″ size. This version C had a few further minor modifications during its short production. It’s most recognizable feature is a single exhaust rather than the more common double exhaust. The P55C model was current only until 1949.

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The above catalogue illustrates the P55D, with an accessory engine shield, which ran concurrently and was similar to the P55C, though few of these appear to have been built (they disappeared in 1948). The letter from Peugeot to its agents, below, introduces the new P55C.

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[Info thanks to French website http://francisb44.free.fr/Historique2.html%5D

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MORE PHOTOS OF ‘469 U 03’

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For a long time, two-strokes were the poor cousin of the four-stroke motorcycle. These days, with all good condition vintage motorcycles increasingly difficult to find at reasonable prices, vintage two-strokes have come into their own …and their prices are appreciating fast.

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Though I enjoy any vintage motorcycle, I’ve become somewhat bored with the normal British stuff. I’ve been looking at the same models for 30 years now, and there’s not a lot that’s different from year to year. It takes something like this to catch my eye.

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This is why I became interested in French two-strokes. Well, that and the fact that, living in Brighton next to Newhaven ferry, it’s easier for me to visit France than battle the M25 and head up north.

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French motos have great style. Obviously there were so many British motorcycle manufacturers in our heyday that, at the time, there was little reason to import frenchies.

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But the discerning British vintage motorcycle enthusiast is now increasingly looking farther afield. And a machine such as this, one of the first postwar Peugeot 125’s, is undoubtedly an attractive proposition.

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I’ll organize everything you need re purchase and delivery; and can recommend cheap insurance (and, if necessary, the easiest way to get it DVLA registered).

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If you have any questions, please feel free to email or phone me anytime.

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An interesting ‘silly’ feature of this motorcycle is the spare petrol tank you can see above and below.

You would fill it with oil and petrol so you always had a pre-mix available. However, it’s a bit fiddly to remove each time, so I expect it was usually used only as an emergency petrol tank. Needless to say, later models didn’t have such extras, and it was probably introduced only because of petrol shortages and rationing straight after the war.

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(PS. Surely I’m not alone in finding this wonderful 1940s Peugeot rear light ‘sexy?’

Better not tell my missus, but I think such things are what is now defined as ‘motorcycle porn’)

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PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE BIDDING

OWNER: BuyVintage Online Auctions

LOCATION: Brighton, E.Sussex, United Kingdom

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DELIVERY is not included in this auction.

This means that it is not my responsibility,

BUT I can put you in touch with a delivery chap and organize collection;

you liaise with them direct re delivery and pay them separately.

Great Britain delivery is ONLY £50 for this motorcycle to main parts of England;

extra to extremities such as Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, etc (and may take longer to arrive)

(Please email your postcode if you want to confirm price).

THIS BARGAIN PRICE DELIVERY IS ON A PART-LOAD BASIS.

(Collection when they’re in my area; delivery when in yours).

LOCAL DELIVERY FREE

If you want it fast, please organize your own collection.

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Ireland & N. Ireland – I’ll recommend some companies, but you’ll have to organize it yourself.

Europe – delivery is probably around €400 to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc. I can recommend two companies.

North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc – I’ll organize all the crating and shipping for you.

PAYMENT: Paypal is okay for cheap items; otherwise deposit only on paypal please.

INTERNATIONAL PURCHASERS:

You must communicate with me before the end of the auction to discuss payment and shipping options.

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

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

I’ve been selling obscure vintage vehicles on ebay since 2002.

Sharing similar interests, I’ve become good friends with many of my customers.

Please feel free to email or phone with any comments or questions…

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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.

Two-strokes invariably need basic servicing before starting them, if they’ve been left to stand for more than 3 weeks or so.

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE DO NOT BID.

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