GIMA (Groupent Industriel Mécanique Automobile) was a very local and small
French brand producing in
the late 40's and in the 50's.
GIMA company has had a rather short life since it
produced from 1946 to 1955. It was located in the Puy de
Dôme, in Auvergne region at 24 Avenue Pasteur. The three
major known people who have worked for this brand are
Paul Josue, the ingenious technician, Henri Andraud
founder who had a political life before the motorcycle
company started and Mr. Emmanuelli who was CEO untill 1954. Henry
Andraud died three years after the creation of GIMA .
Paul Josue left GIMA for Automoto (St Etienne) in 1953
then he joined Ateliers Industriels de l'Aéronautique.
GIMA was known as very good handling motorcycles with a very
good level of quality.
As was the case with many small manufacturers, GIMA was using
AMC,French motorcycle engines (Ateliers
Mécaniques du Centre) as 4 stroke and YDRAL as 2 stroke.
The first prototype was built
between February 1946 and spring 1947. It had a 108 cc
engine, telescopic fork, was equipped with a 4 stroke engine
AMC, 3 speed.
It had the code: 64-108.
Andraud Henry, Founder