Page 91. 1967 Velosolex 3800 Triporteur (3-Wheeler). SOLD

1967 Velosolex 3800 Triporteur

Engine number 4248655

My latest acquisition is a rare Velosolex 3800 Triporteur.

 

Here’s my pal Alain having a laugh with it.

 

The Solex is, of course, a French institution. Modern motorists may possibly think, when stuck behind one on a French road, that the Velosolexiste should be committed to an institution.

As there is no comparable British cyclemotor to catch our own public imagination, vintage enthusiasts across the Channel have also recently become somewhat besotted with these charming little machines.

 

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SHORT VIDEO of SOLEX TRIPORTEUR RUNNING

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I particularly like the rear end of this machine. It has been beautifully designed and crafted.

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THE VELOSOLEX

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The history of the Velosolex is already well documented. By the 1960s, the Solex had become firmly established as one of France’s most important cultural icons. Above, Catherine Deneuve poses in St. Tropez for Life magazine. Below you can see that even across the Channel, the British were already sampling the charms of the Solex. Manfred Mann appear to have started a local chapter of the Solex Club for their 1965 hit If you Gotta Go Now.

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By the 1970s, French enthusiasts started to experiment with their Velosolexes, and hybrids started to appear. The Solex tandem and the Solex Triporteur, in some ways, started out as a joke; because the engine is not really powerful enough to propel the machine with sufficient velocity to carry more than one passenger at great speed. Nevertheless, a 3800 engine actually does an admirable job despite its low capacity and, as long as you don’t expect to get anywhere fast, you can indeed carry a guest on such a Velosolex.

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ENGINE NUMBER 4248655

This Solex Triportuer is currently licensed in France. You can see the official certificate above, with confirmation of the engine number 4248655, and the actual engine number on the engine, below. You’ll need this information to register it in the UK.

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Although the vast majority of Solex triporteurs are home-built jobs, the machine was converted into a three-wheeler model by the a company called Sides. They are believed to have built around 50 of them.

And, below, you can see the Bercy kit for home-built Solex triporteurs.

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PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE BIDDING

OWNER: BuyVintage Online Auctions

LOCATION: Brighton, E.Sussex, United Kingdom

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DELIVERY is not included in this auction.

This means that it is not my responsibility,

BUT I can put you in touch with a delivery chap and organize collection;

you liaise with them direct re delivery and pay them separately.

 

Great Britain - delivery is £60 for this 3-wheeler to main parts of England;

extra to extremities such as Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, etc (and may take longer to arrive)

(Please email your postcode if you want to confirm price).

THIS BARGAIN PRICE DELIVERY IS ON A PART-LOAD BASIS.

(Collection when they’re in my area; delivery when in yours).

LOCAL DELIVERY FREE

If you want it fast, please organize your own collection.

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Ireland & N. Ireland – I’ll recommend some companies, but you’ll have to organize it yourself.

Europe – delivery is probably around €400 to Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, etc. I can recommend two companies.

North America, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc – I’ll organize all the crating and shipping for you.

PAYMENT: Paypal is okay for cheap items; otherwise deposit only on paypal please.

INTERNATIONAL PURCHASERS:

You must communicate with me before the end of the auction to discuss payment and shipping options.

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AFTER PURCHASE: Please email me your phone numbers; I prefer to speak to all purchasers personally.

I do everything I can to make your purchase a pleasurable experience.

I’ve been selling obscure vintage vehicles on ebay since 2002.

Sharing similar interests, I’ve become good friends with many of my customers.

Please feel free to email or phone with any comments or questions…

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VEHICLE CONDITION: Vintage vehicles are wonderful beasts

– but each has an individual personality and they sometimes have bad days just like you and me.
You will need basic mechanical skills (or a local mechanic) to use one on a regular basis.

Two-strokes invariably need basic servicing before starting them, if they’ve been left to stand for more than 3 weeks or so.

 

These are rare vehicles whose values are not necessarily based on running order.

 

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE DO NOT BID.

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If you have any questions about this (or any other vehicle in these BuyVintage Online Auctions),
you can contact Colin in the Customer Service Department between 9am and 7pm daily:

By Phone – (UK 0044) 07866-126469

By email – Buyvintage@mac.com

The Auction Catalogue is our website -

http://www.BuyVintage.co.uk

 

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