c.1976 Motobécane 49cc Moby X1 Moped
Changes made to France's licensing laws in the early 1960s resulted in larger machines becoming unpopular there, so Motobécane concentrated thereafter on its 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. First introduced at the 1971 Paris Motor Show and sold in the UK from 1973 until production ceased in 1976, the futuristic-looking Moby X1 was yet another attempt to provide a small, 'collapsible' two-wheeler that could be stowed in the boot of a car. In effect a French 'monkey bike', the iconic X1 has come to be seen as a 1970s design classic, attracting a cult following in micro-bike circles. There was also a similarly styled, though much larger, X7 version. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.
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