Post Sale Update: This Terrot sold for $3,500 after 44 bids on eBay in Clinton, Ohio.
In 1926, the French manufacturer Terrot introduced the “Bicyclette Moteur Auxiliaire”, or BMA. The model name was directly stolen from French regulations which defined a category of motorized bicycle that had to be less than 100cc, under 30kgs (~66 pounds), have pedals, and top out and less than 30 kph (~19 mph). The benefit of these restrictions for consumers was that they did not need a license or registration to get around.
By 1928, Terrot was France’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, and they had a variety of BMA options. World War II was particularly hard on the company, and their plant was occupied by the Germans in 1940 – they stopped motorcycle production and instead had the factory make generators for Zundapp.
The seller of this example purchased it from a Belgian motorcycle dealership, and he had it on display at the National Packard Museum in Warren, Ohio. It’s a runner that “isn’t perfect but a very nice example of an 82-year-old motorcycle.” It’s offered on a clean Ohio title.
Find this Terrot for sale in Clinton, Ohio with bidding up to $2,575 here on eBay.