Terrot racer

Terrot racer with 350cc JAP engine
Jean-Claude Barrois took two delicious motorcycles to the Coupes Motos Légende in Dijon last weekend: a 1927 Rudge Whitworth, and the lovely Terrot shown above. Terrot started making motorcycles at the end of the nineteenth century, and just over twenty years later, introduced four-stroke, 350cc JAP engines to its range. It soon became the leading French motorcycle manufacturer, but today, the company is best known for its wonderful advertising. This poster child for the vintage motorcycle industry was ignominiously taken over by Peugeot, and by 1960, had sadly withered away.

Via SouthSiders M.C.

  • JS

    Love it. I’ve always liked the French motorcycle design aesthetic… if you can say there is such a thing as a national design aesthetic.

  • Murray

    You’re right – at first glance I think ‘flat-tank Norton’ but when you look at it carefully there’s really something french about it! But it’s not something you can put your finger on.

    Lots of steam punk in that motor too.