Bonhams : c.1950 VéloSolex 49cc Moped Frame no. None Visible Engine no. 69553
c.1950 VéloSolex 49cc Moped Frame no. None Visible Engine no. 69553

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Lot 451
c.1950 VéloSolex 49cc Moped
Registration no. KLJ 48 Frame no. None Visible Engine no. 69553

Sold for £ 575 (US$ 732) inc. premium
c.1950 VéloSolex 49cc Moped
Registration no. KLJ 48
Frame no. None Visible
Engine no. 69553
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. The VéloSolex was also assembled in the UK using a combination of British and French components, but was nowhere near as successful in Britain where it was subject to the same licensing requirements as a motorcycle. Pressure from rival manufacturers eventually forced the introduction of more conventional models, but the original VéloSolex remained an immutable fixture of the range. This example was purchased at a UK auction in 2012 and has not been used since then. Offered with a V5C document (the registration is non-transferrable).

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c.1950 VéloSolex 49cc Moped Frame no. None Visible Engine no. 69553
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