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Cycles et Automobiles Gladiator

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Cycles et Automobiles Gladiator of Le Pre Saint-Gervais, France.

1891 Cycle manufacturer founded at Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, Seine north east of Paris by Alexandre Darracq and Paul Aucoq[1]

1896 Adolphe Clément, who held the extremely profitable manufacturing rights for Dunlop tyres in France, joined with a syndicate led by Dunlop's founder Harvey Du Cros to buy out the Gladiator Cycle Company and they merged it into a major bicycle manufacturing conglomerate of Clément, Gladiator & Humber & Co Limited. The range of cycles was expanded with tricycles and quadricycles. Darracq used his share of the proceeds to found his own company making cars.

1902 Introduced a motorised bicycle, then cars and motorcycles

1902 Charles Chetwynd-Talbot formed Clément-Talbot Ltd with Adolphe Clément as a significant shareholder. Clément formed Clément-Bayard in France. The existing business was renamed Société Francaise des Cycles Clément et Gladiateur Ltd.

1905 Produced four chain-drive models of 12-14, 16-22, 18-28 and 24-32 h.p. and three shaft-drive models of 10, 12 and 14-18 h.p. UK agents are Gladiator Co of England. [2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Wikipedia
  2. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell and Co in 1906.