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Motorworld’s newspaper № 7
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By 1930, the Terrot company became the largest motorcycle manufacturer in France: by that time it produced over 100 thousand motorcycles. But the joy of succeeding didn’t last long — the global financial crisis hit the world and the sales dropped. The Terrot situation got a little better by 1934 when the company got a contract to supply the French cavalry with military motorcycles.

Terrot VATT 750

In 1936, the Terrot produced its first heavy motorcycle — VAtt 750 — it was a modified version of a civilian VA model. The differences among them were as follows: VAtt was supplied with the special off-road tires, raised exhaust pipe, camouflage lighting (it’s missing on this particular motorcycle), and other standard military options. Battery-operated sparking was replaced by magneto in order to enhance reliability. The motorcycle also had a special off-road gadget (indicated by two letters “tt” in the model name, meaning “tout terrain” or “all-road”), which consisted of several rollers fixed to the engine under shield.

Terrot VATT 750

This model had a twin-cylinder, V-shape, flathead, 750-cc engine.

Terrot VATT 750

Around two thousand of VAtt 750 motorcycles were produced for the French army, but not more than 15 units have survived until this day.

Manufacturer Terrot (France)
Years of manufacture 1936-1940
Quantity produced, units 2 000
Price 8 650 Frs
Today’s value 28 312,32 $
Type Twin-cylinder, V-shape
Engine capacity, cc 750
Bore and stroke, mm 70 х 97
Engine rating 18.2 h.p. at 4500 rpm
Sparking Magneto, right-side kickstarter arrangement
Carburetor Amal 5/012
Battery 6V
Clutch Multiple-plate, oil-bath
Transmission 4-speed, foot-controlled gear switch
Frame type Tubular
Front suspension Parallelogram, with frictional damper
Rear suspension Rigid
Brakes Both front and rear brakes have internal expanding shoes
Wheel size 4,00 х 27
Length, mm
2 230
Width, mm
Height, mm
1 050
Wheelbase, mm
1 480
Ground clearance, mm
Seat height
Mass, kg
   130 (without sidecar)
Gas tank size, l
Maximum speed, km/h
Range, km

* – Data on the results of metering at the exhibit “Motorworld by V.Sheyanov”.