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Capacity : 350
Model : P 135 HL
Production : 1938 -
Category : (R) Street Bike


350 cc Pl35 HL -1938

An Excellent Mix

In the mid-Thirties, the French motorcycle industry appeared to be flourishing, with 10,000 to 12,000 machines sold every year. But the situation was far from good. Competition was fierce, prices were rising, and the buying power of the average worker was only 850 francs a month.

Too Good, Too Much

For Peugeot, reaction had become an urgent matter. Its "Grande Puissance" (high-power) range, which consisted of 350 and 500cc machines with side (P117 and P417) or overhead valves (P115 three-speed, P415 and P515 four-speeds), was suffering because the machines were too well made. All the versions were derived from the flagship overhead-valve P515, and were prohibitively expensive to produce. Peugeot pulled back

on the throttle and launched the P135 in April 1936.

New Range

It inaugurated a new "Grand Sport" range. This time, the 350cc P135 was developed from the low-priced P112 sidevalve, famous for having traveled from Paris to Moscow and toured twenty capital cities of Europe in a month ridden by Robert Sexé. Peugeot

grafted the overhead valve cylinder of the 350 "Grande Puissance" on to the lighter bottom end of this engine, modified the bike for a couple of years, but killed the range after World War II.


Engine: 350cc (72x85mm) air-cooled singlecylinder four-stroke magneto ignition, wetsump

Power Rating: 14 hp

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: 24mm Amal Carburetor

Transmission: 3-speed, multidisk clutch

Suspension: parallel (front); rigid (rear)

Brakes: 170mm drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 3.50x19 inch

Weight: 320 lb

Maximum Speed: 68 mph


For the 135HL (High Luxury) Peugeot offered high-level exhausts and extra chrome.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.