Peugeot 1933ca “P 50 D” 99.7 cc two stroke Vélomoteur “Modèle Dame ou Écclésiastique”
The first lightweight Peugeot two stroke was the CM1, presented in October 1922. It was a true lightweight motorcycle with a weight of less than 40 kg and a bore x stroke of 52mm, giving a capacity of 110 cc. The CM1 was mechanically refined and well-finished and it became a successful model, more than 7000 Cyclo-Motos were sold between 1922 and 1927. Various other factories also offered these light two strokes. As many owners of these cyclemotors rode without driving licences, the authorities stepped in and devised a new category of light motorcycles for which no driving licence or registration was required. The specifications of these “Bicyclettes à Moteur Auxiliaire” (bicycles with auxiliary engine) included a weight less than 30 kg, top speed max 30 km and cubic capacity of the engine under 100 cc. Peugeot only entered the market of these BMAs in 1932, when motorcycle sales started to fall seriously as a result of the worldwide Depression. The 99.7 cc Vélomoteur was presented at the Paris Salon in October 1931 and was an immediate success. The little machine was available in various configurations; the model we offer was specially designed for ladies or clergymen. The most basic model was single geared without clutch and had no front brake. Peugeot offered a good after sales service for these models: in case of engine wear and tear or magneto failure these items could be completely exchanged. The P 50 D cost 1424 Francs, a new engine was available for 195 francs, a new magneto was priced at 60 Francs.
The “D” model we present has a clutch and internal expanding front brake. She’s had an “amateur” restoration and is currently a non-runner.