1950 Manufrance Hirondelle 6-Speed Tandem No 39

1950 Manufrance Hirondelle 6-Speed Tandem No 39

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hirondelle copy

At 37,500 francs, the top of the range Hirondelle 6 Speed Tandem was the most expensive bicycle produced by Manufrance. With public holidays enshrined in French law, this era was the heyday of family tandem holidays in France.

hirondelle copy1

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hirondelle copy2

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OTHER 1951 MANUFRANCE MODELS

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By way of comparison, here’s the cheaper 1950 Hirondelle 3-speed tandem available at the same time as my 6-Speed.

hirondelle2 copy

And here is the most expensive of the solo bicycles on offer in the same year

hirondelle4 copy

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MANUFRANCE HIRONDELLE TANDEM HISTORY

Now for a potted history of Manufrance tandems, as featured in the famous Manufrance catalogues. You can see their year of manufacture on the bottom of each illustration.

hirondelle5 copy

hirondelle6 copy

hirondelle8 copy

hirondelle9 copy

hirondelle10 copy

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Published on June 19, 2009 at 5:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

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