21 Chaussée de la Madeleine, Nantes, France. Starting in 1909 by the Fountineau family. Named after the founder’s mother, Stella made its mark in racing circles. The factory had a serious fire in 1975 and ceased production.

Updated 8.17.2021

Bobet, Barbotin & Msrr. Fountineau

Louison Bobet on the cover of a 1955 magazine

Two badges as used on Stella bikes

1972 catalog cover... Model SX-73, photos from 1970s Bicycling! magazine....

Model SX-6

Craig Sharp's SX-73 bicycle