Post-Listing Update: This Poice Terrot did not meet reserve with bidding up to $2,480.
My favorite Belgian motorcycle seller strikes again with a lovely little French police bike. Terrot started building bikes in 1902, and by 1929 they had sold 100,000 of them. They ran a very successful racing program in the 30s, but after the war they focused on mopeds and small motorcycles like the 125cc ETDS (and this adorable police version) – this was due in part to the fact that France introduced a law in 1943 allowing people to ride bikes up to 125cc without a license.
The ETDS featured a 123cc 4-stroke engine, dynamo, coil ignition, and a swing arm rear suspension. If you can read French, you should check out this scan of a period maintenance manual. Of course, this example is extra special thanks to all the police accouterments – like the saddlebag phone:
This example still features the Paris city code on the license plate, and it has spent the last few decades in an antique service-motorcycle collection. The seller put in fresh gas and a new battery, checked the oil, and was able to start the engine on the first kick and shift through all the gears. Find this Terrot for sale in Peer, Belgium with bidding up to $2,176 and the reserve not yet met