Monet& Goyon 1937/1938 “S3” Villiers 98 cc two stroke single engine #334
In 1916, in the middle of the first world war, engineer Joseph Monet and Adrien Goyon, a wealthy inhabitant of Macon, formed a partnership with the aim to start the production of three wheeled vehicles for handicapped and immobilized people: a market that would be fast growing till the end of the war in 1918.
The firm of Monet&Goyon was established on April 2nd, 1917 .
Business went well, and in 1919 a motorized version of their vehicle was brought out, powered by a 117 cc motorized wheel.
In 1922 the company managed to get the production rights for the popular British Villiers two stroke engines.
Monet &Goyon was very successful in races with specially tuned Villiers engines; they won the French championship every year between 1924 and 1927.
They also set a number of world records with these machines.
In the thirties a number of different models was made but the most popular models were the light “velomoteurs”.
The “S” series was brought out in April, 1936. The S1 was a single speeder, the S2 had two speeds and the S3 a comfortable 3.
The 3-speed model was built for two years, in 1937 and 1938.
This thirties lightweight has been restored a number of years ago and has since been part of a static collection.
There’s a pedal chain fitted but that is not functional presently.
This well-finished charming velomoteur will benefit from a good check-over to make her safe & sound for the road again.