Automoto 1910 3HP 275 cc side valve Moser frame#229 engine#2482
Automoto was one of the pioneer French makes: bicycle production started in 1895 in St. Etienne, and the first motorcycles and tricycles came on he market in 1899.
Initially own brand engines and Moser engines were employed , in later years Automotos were powered by engines made by Zurcher, Chaise, JAP and Villiers to name a few.
This charming, well finished veteran is equipped with a Swiss Moser engine, as witnessed by the cast –in letters in the crankcase. “STAS” stands for the place where the Moser factory was situated: Saint Aubin, Schweitz.
Automoto machines were very sturdy and of great durability.
During the concentration of the French motorcycle industry Automoto joined the Peugeot group, which already included makes as Magnat- Debon and Griffon..
This excellently restored early machine has direct belt drive and Bosch magneto.
Note the interesting front suspension.