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Very rare Wehrmacht bike! Gillet 720 AF 1940

Listing # 153
Listing Format: Auction
Current price : (EUR) €35,000.00
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Location: Belgium
Started: 23-Jul-2010 3:16:09 AM
Ended: 13-Aug-2010 9:19:50 AM
Seller: Oldybike (0)
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Very rare Wehrmacht bike!     Gillet 720 AF      1940 | Militaria | WARSTUFF
 
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Additional Information
Era: 1914-1945
Conflict: World War II
Service: Not Specified
Country: Not Specified
Provenance: Not Specified
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750cc 2stroke German warbike of Belgian manufacture. Excellent, fully restored, 1939?, rare Belgian Gillet model 720, which was special ordered by the French army in preparation of the upcoming war. In 1939, France tested several army motorcycles in Vicennes, because the Gnome et Rhone (model AX800) factory could not build enough motorcycles for the French army. The original Belgian army sidecar was then classified as a secret and was not allowed to cross Belgian borders.The test where done with a Belgian (other brand) sidecar. Gillet was the only motorcycle which could easily handle 50% slopes. The French army was impressed and an order of 1500 Gillets were ordered, however, with the French side car "Bernadet Porte Dragon," and would begin delivery from May 1, 1940. Of this initial order, the first 50 motorcycles, which were to be delivered the 1st of May, did not arrive. The German company Bosch did not provide the electrics because they first wanted to know who were receiving these bikes. Germany simply would not complete the orders because they were already at war with France. The delivery was delayed 10 days, and on May 10th, Germany attacked Belgium and the motorcycles were never delivered to France. ( but were struck by the Germans). The production was also further delayed by the forced Belgian laborers as much as possible. Only 745 bikes were delivered to the German army (notice the Waffen office stamp behind the serial number). To date, only about 10 of these Gillet model 720 are known to exist, but of these, ALL of them are without a sidecar. The is the ONLY ONE know to exist german version with a sidecar.

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