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The Buchet was a French motorcycle and automobile manufacturer from circa 1900 until 1930.


1912 Buchet

Buchet manufactured motorcars from 1910 until 1930. The product of a firm which had been known before World War I for producing automobile, aircraft, and motorcycle engines, it was first offered in a 12/20hp model with a 1996 cc engine.

In 1919 the company was purchased by Gaston Sailly and renamed 'Gaston Sailly Moteurs et Automobiles Buchet', with a new factory at Billencourt. Post-war 1131 cc and 1551 cc cars were produced; these remained in production, largely without change, until the company closed down. The last model introduced, at the end of the company's life, was a 1737 cc six-cylinder.


1903 Buchet Mark-1, La Foudre
(The Lightning)

From 1900-1911, Monsieur Buchet was an automotive machine and motorcycle manufacturer.[1][2] His 1903 3 litre twin-cylinder model achieved 75 mph (121 km/h) in the hands of Maurice Fournier.[2] It was also used as the chassis for Ernest Archdeacon's experimental 'propeller driven motorcycle', the Aéromotocyclette Anzani of 1906.

La Foudre[edit]

La Foudre (Lightening) was a pioneer of French motorcycle history. It used a 350 cc 'inlet over exhaust' Buchet engine. The inlet valve worked on the atmospheric principle, but the exhaust valve was operated by pushrod and rocker. It had an accumulator and coil ignition system, and a Longuemare carburettor. It used both front and rear wheel brakes and 26 inch wheels.


On 25 February 1900 the Circuit du Sud Ouest was held in Pau. Monsieur Marcellin finished the 337 kilometre event in 5 hours 47 minutes 14 seconds and was the first motor cycle home, and third overall.[3]

On the 23 February 1900 Monsieur Marcellin's 7 hp Buchet 'Quadricycle' finished second in the 'Turin-Pinerolo-Saluzzo-Cuneo-Racconigi-Turin' event. He covered the 130 kilometres in 2 hours 17 minutes 54 seconds.[3]