Gillet 1927 “Sport” 500cc OHV frame and engine#20958
The first Gillets -built in Herstal near Liege, Belgium- were brought out in 1920 and were unit-design300cc two-strokes with belt drive.
The design was simple, rugged and reliable and soon the company was an established and successful motorcycle manufacturer.
Many long-distance runs were made and the two-strokes were very prominent in races.
The company surprised the motorcycle world at the Paris Show in December 1926 by bringing out a sporting four stroke model.
It was designed by Armand Laguesse, brother of Fernand who had designed the successful two stroke Gillets.
The machine was an attractive and sturdy design with 84 x 90 unit construction engine and powerful 280 mm brakes.
In 1928 a competition model of the 500 was brought out, the “Supersport”.
This model broke many world records at the Monthlery track in France to prove the power and reliability of the design.
This sporty machine is equipped with Bing carburettor and Bosch lighting and ignition system.