1937 French Military Tracked Motorcycle Mercier

1937 French Military Tracked Motorcycle Mercier

The tracked motorcycle Mercier (Moto Chenille - in French) was developed by the Swiss inventor Adrien Mercier, who worked in Bois-Colombe, France.

In 1936, the French military conducted the first tests on hilly terrain, finding the development quite interesting and useful. However, production volumes hardly reached the expected figures. So, a small batch of tracked motorcycles was released in several variations. They were completed with a 350-cc engine Jap OHV, which were highly technological for its time. 


Mercier tracked motorcycles started with a kick starter. They were equipped with a 3-speed Soyer manual gearbox. The entire design of the motorcycle is concentrated in the area of ​​the engine and track drive, while the rear part is long enough and consists only of the frame, seat, footrests, fuel tank and rear wheel 270 x 90. 

The photographs show the unique Mercier, which has survived to this day. The car can accelerate to 55 km / h. Collectible value is approximately 30,000 euros.  — Photo Source | @ reddit
 
1937 French Military Tracked Motorcycle Mercier
Source | M.newmotor.com.cn 

1937 French Military Tracked Motorcycle Mercier
Source | M.newmotor.com.cn 

1937 French Military Tracked Motorcycle Mercier
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1937 French Military Tracked Motorcycle Mercier
Source | M.newmotor.com.cn 

1937 French Military Tracked Motorcycle Mercier
Source | M.newmotor.com.cn 

1937 French Military Tracked Motorcycle Mercier
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Source | Motos-Of-War | Yesterdays.nl | Thekneeslider

Moto Chenille engine 350cc ohv JAP
  • One could say, what a pity to spoil a beautiful Jap 350cc OHV Sports engine for a track driven motorcycle. 
  • On the other hand, it might be considered as a compliment for the quality and power of the Jap product. 
  • This “Moto Chenille” (“caterpillar motorcycle”) as the French call it, has been designed in Bois-Colombes, by Swiss inventor Adrien Mercier. 
  • Between 1932 and 1942 he developed and build a handful prototypes. 
  • Tested by the French army on slopes between 42% and 45% in 1937, it was deemed highly interesting but that was about is, no orders were placed. 
  • The 350 Jap OHV Sports engine was quite powerful for a motorcycle of the time. [Source]

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