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Lot 132: Velosolex 3800 49cc Moped

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Developed in the late 1930s, the French VéloSolex first appeared in 1946, just in time to exploit the post-war boom in moped sales. In what many considered an act of Gallic eccentricity, the designers chose not to put the engine in the conventional position in the centre of the frame but above the front wheel, which the single-cylinder two-stroke motor drove via a roller. Pressure from rival manufacturers eventually forced the introduction of more conventional models but the original VéloSolex remained an immutable fixture of the range. This is one of two VéloSolex mopeds completely restored by Frank and taken annually to France on holidays. Described as in generally good condition, the machine is offered with dating certificate, SORN, recently expired MoT (May 2011) and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents. No reserve.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeMotorcycle
Lot Number132
Estimate£300-£500
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£320
Hammer Price (inc premium)£368
Year1966
Condition rating
Registration numberFEC 119D
Mileage-
Chassis number3937800
Engine number3937799
Engine capacity (cc)49
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors