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French Motorcycles

CP Roleo Motorcycles


A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: Ets. Rollet, Paris (1925 - 1932)

The firm was established in 1897 by L Rollet, whose son began motorcycle manufacture in the mid 1920s. (1)

Tubular and monocoche style pressed-metal frames were used in conjuction with engines of 247cc to 498cc from Harrissard, JAP, Voisin, LMC, Staub and Chaise.

The JAP engines were French-built under licence.

After 1930, when Roleo left the firm, the marque's name was abbreviated to simply C.P.

Models:
1929 M3 350cc Staube. The engine was a modified JAP, referred to as a Staube-JAP, and it had a 3-speed gearbox with tank-mounted selector, France magneto and Marchal lighting.
An LMP-engined machine is in the Chapleur Collection

Competitions: 1st place 350cc Bol d'Or 1928

Notes
1. Sources vary - 1925 and 1927 are given as first year of manufacture.

Sources: zhumoriste, moto-collection.org, et al



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