The Solex is, no doubt, is a motoring legend. Developed during the second world war by Marcel Mennesson and Maurice Goudard, the solex had to wait to be manufactured until 1946, after the war ended.
In the aftermath of the Second World War, when France was in the process of rebuilding, the Solex provided the ultimate solution to an economic mode of transport. Low prices and low energy consumption quickly made Solex a favourite.
The original VéloSolex had a small 49cc motor mounted above the front wheel of a regular bicycle frame and had a speed limit of not much more than 30kph. Selling over 8 million bikes, the Solex became a symbol of renewal in post-war France, and a reflection of French development during the Les Trente Glorieuses. Solex symbolises France in the same way Vespa does Italy, it was marketed in 70 countries from 1959.
Solex had a…
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