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Page 632. 1933 Magnat Debon 225cc 4-Stroke Model PMU

1933 Magnat Debon 225cc 4-Stroke Model PMU
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An older restoration, this beautiful old French motorcycle is in running order.
French legislation in the early 1930s meant that while a 250cc was taxed, a 225cc was not.

French Documents are present.

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MAGNAT DEBON

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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