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Automoto was a French bicycle and motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1902, which joined with the Peugeot group in 1930 and was fully absorbed by 1962. Prior to World War II Automoto sourced engines from Chaise, Zurcher, J.A.P., and Villers. Engines produced by Ateliers de Mécanique du Centre (AMC) were also used after 1945.[1]

FateMerged in 1930, brand ended in 1962
Founded1902 in Saint-Étienne
ProductsMotorcycles Bicycles
Share of AUTOMOTO, issued 1. May 1924


  1. ^ Tragatsch, Erwin (1964), "AUTOMOTO", The world's motorcycles, 1894-1963: a record of 70 years of motorcycle production, Temple Press, p. 16, F 1902 to date. Concentration of French motorcycle industry brought many big firms together, and Automoto now belongs to the Peugeot-Terrot-Magnat-Debon Combine. The firm specialized in the manufacture of high-class and sturdy motorcycles with its own, and also proprietary engines made by Chaise, Zurcher, J.A.P., Villers and, after 1945, A.M.C. The range of models up to the 1939 war included two-strokes from 100 to 250 c.c. and four-strokes from 175 to 500 c.c. with s.v., and o.h.v. and monobloc (Chaise) o.h.c. version in most classes. After 1945, Automoto concentrated on A.M.C.-engined machines with o.h.v. units from 125 to 250 c.c. and Aubier-Dunne-engined two-strokes of various sizes.

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