1925 Motobecane 175cc MB1 Frame no. 6210 Engine no. 26469
Lot 453
c.1925 Motobécane 175cc MB1 Frame no. 6210 Engine no. 26469
Sold for €1,610 (US$ 2,163) inc. premium
Lot Details
c.1925 Motobécane 175cc MB1
Registration no. 462 L 27
Frame no. 6210
Engine no. 26469
Founded in 1923 by Charles Benoît and Abel Hardin, the French Motobécane company had become the world's largest manufacturer of mopeds and bicycles by the 1970s. Motobécane's first motorcycle, the MB1, was developed during 1923 and entered production towards the end of 1924. A 175cc single-cylinder two-stroke equipped with belt drive transmission, the MB1 sold for 1,375 Francs and was such a success that the fledgling company had to extend its factory to meet demand. A right-first-time design, the MB1 changed little in its five-or-so years of production, what developments there were being concerned with rationalisation and reduction of costs. This particular MB1 is equipped with 'Le Crocodile' brakes and a Luxor combined headlamp/generator with matching rear light. The machine is offered with purchase receipt (dated 2003), correspondence, magazine article and copies of the old French Carte Grise.

Footnotes

  • Motobécane 175 cm3 MB1 c.1925
    Immatriculation n° 462 L 27
    Cadre n° 6210
    Moteur n° 26469

    Fondée en 1923 par Charles Benoît et Abel Hardin, la société française Motobécane était devenue dans les années 1970le plus grand constructeur de cyclomoteurs et de bicyclettes du monde. La première moto de la marque, la MB1conçue en 1923, entra en production vers la fin de 1924. Machine à moteur monocylindre deux temps de 175 cm3 avec transmission à courroie, la MB1 valait alors 1 375 F et son succès fut tel que la jeune société dut agrandir son usine pour répondre à la demande. Premier modèle réussi, la MB1 changea peu pendant ses cinq années environ de production, les développements concernant principalement la rationalisation de la production et la diminution des coûts. Cette MB1 est équipée de freins « Crocodile » et d'un phare auto-générateur Luxor avec lampe arrière assortie. La machine est accompagnée de son certificat de vente (daté de 2003), de correspondances, d'un article de magazine et de copies de son ancienne carte grise.
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