1929 Gillet Herstal Tour du Monde

1929 Gillet Herstal Tour du Monde

Alongside FN and Saroléa, Gillet was one of Belgium’s three main motorcycle manufacturers, all of which were situated in the region around the town of Herstal. The latter had become established as a thriving center for the manufacturing of munitions, and this high-precision technology proved readily adaptable to the production of internal combustion engines towards the end of the 19th Century. FN and Saroléa had already been around for 20-or-so years before Desire Gillet and his son Leon founded S A des Ateliers Gillet in 1919, adding ‘Herstal’ to the company name to differentiate it from the French René Gillet concern. The fledgling firm soon established a reputation for original design and sound engineering, which was further enhanced when Robert Sexé and Henri Andrieu rode a 346cc rotary-valve two-stroke Gillet-Herstal around the world, an achievement that led to the introduction of the famous ‘Tour du Monde’ (Wereldtour) model introduced in the late 1920s. Gillet-Herstal’s were no stranger to successful competition – at one time Gillet-Herstal’s advertising was able to proclaim that its machines held no fewer than 33 world records.

The motorbike offered

The 1929 Gillet Herstal Tour du Monde on offer here has been part of an eclectic collection and is now offered for sale to “thin the herd”. On static display for some time, it will need recommissioning before embarking on its next round-the-world tour.

Sold on a bill of sale.