Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Peugeot 500M "Henry" 1914

2010 celebrates 200 years of the Peugeot brand founded in 1810 by brothers Jean-Pierre and Jean-Frederic Peugeot in Montbéliard.
In 1890 Armand launches the first petroleum engined quadricycle and founded the "Automobile Peugeot frères "company.
From 1902 Norton Motorcycles used Peugeot engines for their models and in 1907 Norton won the TT with V Twin engine.

This year, Retromobile in Paris offered a retrospective of cars and motorcycles, including some very rare models, even as the single model (replica) we'll show you.

This model a 500M "Henry", designed by engineer Ernest Henry is the best racing engine ever built before 1914: the 500cc twin-cylinders double overhead camshaft and eight valves timing by gears train, while highly modern technically the secondary transmission was still by belt and single-speed without clutch.

The official driver Paul Pean beat the lauched record of km and mile at 122.449 kilometers per hour. After the first war they will still be used with a 3 speed gearbox and a secondary chain and won more race victories.

This is a reconstruction who began 11 years ago carried out according to faithful plans in every detail.

Thanks To Bernard Salvat and "le Club du Motocyclettiste"for their warm welcome.