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Fancy a French or Italian motorcycle at Osenat ?

Fancy a French or Italian motorcycle at Osenat ?
Exciting auction news from Osenat, with a splendid prewar selection of mainly French and Italian motorcycles. The collections of Gérard Dechambre, Vincent Crescia and Louis Meznarie are to be auctioned on the 25th of November in Paris.

There’s choice for all tastes in the first 20 lots, which has mainly pre-1915 engine blocks. Some of them unusual (like the bizarre twin-cylinder two-stroke Sevitame, lot 5), quite rare (the Werner engine, lot 3) or just beautiful (the FN, lot 17, with bits of frame, still attached). Always useful as a spare for your favorite machine, or to put on the mantlepiece. Certainly a topic of conversation ! 
The complete motorcycles go from ancient (like lot 40, a 1901 Clément, a true pioneering effort), over veteran (look at lot 59, a 1908 Moto-Rêve V-twin) to vintage (lot 58, 1927 Terrot, beautifully ‘dans son jus’). Of particular technical interest, lot 42 is a 1913 Magnat Debon, which has a 400 cc engine with overhead valves, quite advanced for its age.
Not all French marques are well-known names like the Peugeot (lot 49) or Motobécane (lot 47), look for example at the Dollar (lot 45), Motoconfort (lot 48), but definitely at the Austral (lot 44). If you are in for American power, there’s a 1929 Harley (lot 61), or the 1917 and 1940 Indians (lots 43 and 64). 
Amongst the restoration projects on offer are some typical light French motorcycles from the twenties and thirties like the 1921 Griffon (lot 56), or the 1934 Monet-Goyon Automouche (lot 52). Not for the faint-hearted ! The 1904 Bruneau (lot 41) is a rare veteran forecar, bought new by a dignitary from Tours, and now very much in the barn-find condition that we like to find them in, begging to be put on the road again. 
From the Crescia collection, there is a truly excellent choice of sexy Italian stallions with many different examples of Benelli, Bianchi and Moto Guzzi (lot 65 til 74, to only name the prewar choice !).
If you fancy more recent motorcycles, there some superb, but mainly postwar, racers in the Meznarie collection that is also on offer. Finally, for those with less space available, the Géo Ham drawings (lots 33 and 34) are evenly collectible and show his evocative style of recording period motorcycle racing. In short: much brilliant stuff to choose from... Check it out on!

Photos: Osenat, text: Nick Jonckheere

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