Engines pre 1940.
Pre 1940 Energic motoculteurs used various engines from a number of manufacturers. The most prolific being Motobécane for the C7, D9 ranges in B and S bloc. Here are some interesting photos of these engines I have collected over many years. Some good runners, some for repair and other for parts.
They all look great to me.
A bit of history from the Motobécane pages in the website.
Early 1930 – 1939/44.
The first moteur used in the Energic motoculteur range was the 2 stroke E type 250cc (247cc) moteur in early 1930 in the B1 model. Later that year the B bloc lateral engines were used in a new model the Energic motoculteur C7; starting with the B4L 350cc and latterly in 1931 in the Energic motoculteur D9 B5L 500cc. The B4L engine is rare but the B5L is as rare as “hen’s teeth!“.The B5L engines were only used for a very short period of time in the Energic range (6 months) due to supply and limited production for just 1 year – until the introduction of the S Bloc range.
In late 1933/early 1934 the new R/S bloc lateral 250cc, 350cc and 500cc became available from motobécane. The 350cc and 500cc engines were fitted in the Energic motoculteurs C7 & D9 models respectively. (The B series motobécane engines motoculteur was discontinued in favor of the S bloc – sometimes the motoculteurs plaques showed D9 M9 but had S9 motors in this transition period). Motobécane continues to manufacture the S bloc engine and use it in its motorcycles till after the war approx., 1947. (The bloc R being the Routier version, of the later Bloc S – in motorcycle trim). Energic motoculteurs use the R bloc but all are referred to as an S bloc in motobécane moteur terms, from its introduction, as this is the most common engine variant.
The new S bloc, with its increased oil/cooling and lubrication efficiency – through the use of a separate oil reservoir (tank) situated next to the fuel tank operating a float valve regulation, was a big step forward in the motorization of the Energic motoculteur. The new engines probably came on stream with Energic models from early 1934, after spare and stock of the B4L moteurs were used up.
The C7/D9 motobécane S bloc Energic motoculteurs were still available up to late 1945 (using up the old stock inventory – I know of 2 machines that were bought after the war as old stock). Their availability overlapped with the introduction of the totally new in house produced Energic motoculteur 409 3v (engines totally Energic – not outsourced). I have a machine that was bought new, one owner, in late 1944 an Energic motoculteur D9 (S bloc spec.). And I have seen an order dating from June 1942 for the New Energic motoculteur 409 awaiting homologué, with information showing authorizations relating the New Energic motoculteur 409 as early as 20 May 1941.
Read more about the Energic motoculteur 409 here.
Read more about the Energic Motoculteiur 410 here.
Read more about the Energic motoculteur 411 here.
Read more about Energic Tracteur 519 T.M.D.Indenor engine/moteur here.
Read more about Energic Engine suppliers Ruggerini here.
Read more about Energic Engine/Moteur supplier Peugeot here.
Read more about Energic Sachs Engines/Moteurs here.
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