c.1959 Motobécane AV87 Moped (see text)
Founded in 1923, the French Motobécane company had by the 1970s become the world's largest manufacturer of mopeds and bicycles. The firm built lightweight motorcycles before WW2 and into the early 1960s, before changes to France's licensing laws made such machines unpopular there. This change also brought about the demise of Motobécane's scooter range, leaving only the immensely successful mopeds, the first of which had appeared in 1939. The best known of these is the Mobylette, which was launched in November 1949 and would be produced in countless versions over the years. At time of cataloguing this Motobécane's frame and engine numbers had not been found and it had not proved possible positively to identify the machine, though it is most likely an AV87. Last taxed to November 1973, the machine is sold strictly as viewed and without documents. No reserve.