Magnat Debon 1911 2 ¾ HP ca. 340 cc side valve frame # 5597 engine # 978
In the year 1900 Joseph Magnat and Louis Debon founded a firm in Grenoble that started to produce bicycles.
In 1902 the first motorcycle was produced, equipped with a De Dion Bouton engine.
Soon they started to use their own engines and in the years before the first world war the firm prospered: the machines had many novel features such as telescopic front suspension and some models had overhead valves.
Both founders died at the end of the war and in the early twenties the company got into financial problems.
In 1922 the firm was taken over by the Terrot company.
1911 was the first year that a model was offered with mechanically operated inlet valve.
Two models were marketed, a machine with 2 HP a.i.v. engine weighing 40 kg and a 2 ¾ HP model with a weight of 45 kg.
Magneto is the reliable Bosch instrument, carburettor is of Magnat Debon design.
This well-designed veteran machine is very correct and authentic and runs well.