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Solex

Posted: 07/03/2013 in Sports
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Solex was a French manufacturer of carburetors and the powered bicycle VéloSoleX.
The Solex company was founded by Marcel Mennesson and Maurice Goudard to manufacture vehicle radiators. These were fitted to several makes of early cars including Delaunay-Belleville and buses of the Paris General Omnibus company.
After World War I the radiator business went into decline and the company bought the rights to the carburettor patents of Jouffret and Renée and named them Solex after their business.

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Solex carburetors were until the mid 1980s used on many European cars including Volkswagen, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Audi, Ford, BMW, Citroen, Opel, Simca, Saab, Renault, Peugeot, Lancia, Lada, Mercedes Benz, Volvo and Porsche. Solex carburetors have been made under licence by a number companies including the Mikuni company of Japan who supplied them to auto makers including Toyota, Mitsubishi and Suzuki as well as to various Japanese motorcycle makers. Mikuni originally entered into a licensed manufacturing agreement with Solex in 1960 and further developed many of Solex’s original designs.
The Solex brand is now owned by Magneti Marelli. The original Solex company changed its name in 1994 to Magneti Marelli France and on May 31, 2001, Magneti Marelli France partially bought its assets (including the trademark SOLEX) from Magneti Marelli Motopropulsion France S.A.S.

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The Vélosolex has a small 49 cc motor mounted above the front wheel. Power is delivered via a small ceramic roller that rotates directly on the front wheel by friction to the tire.
The first prototype of a VeloSolex was created in 1941 and used regular bicycle frame such as those under the “Alcyon” brand and were powered by a 45 cc engine developed by Solex. VELOSOLEX were produced commercially and sold starting 1946 with a 45 cc engine without clutch, then later with a 49 cc engine.

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More than 8 million were eventually sold, mostly in Europe. It was also constructed under license in many countries. Today the Velosolex is again manufactured in France. The trademark “VELOSOLEX” is the property of Velosolex America, LLC which markets the Velosolex motorized bicycle worldwide.

Imme 1950 R100 98cc.

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Peugeot 1914 5hp 662cc.

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Chater Lea 1902 2hp 211cc.

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Rudge 1925 four valve four speed 350cc.

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Ducati 1960 200 Elite 200cc.

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Raleigh 1924 model 5 399cc.

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Harley Davidson 1921 21f 1000cc.

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Harley Davidson 1926 26B 350cc.

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Harley Davidson Pea Shooter.

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19th Century Bicycles.

1868/9 Michaux Velocipede.

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58 inch Racing Ordinary c.1889.

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Beeston Humber Aluminium Special Light Roadster c.1899.

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The Rover Safety Bicycle 1887.

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Early 20th Century Bicycles.

Sparkbrook Grand Lady’s Light Roadster c.1905.

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BSA Light Roadster c.1914.

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Lea & Francis Gentleman’s Roadster Bicycle c.1908.

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BSA Path Racer c.1912.

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Considered an unattainable dream, flying made the human civilization look at the sky with a big desire in their eyes. Since the antiquity, people invented the strangest machines just to get up in the air. The first proper airplane was invented in the early twentieth century by Traian Vuia, a Romanian inventor. Back then, the planes were neither quick, spacious or safe and demanded a lot of courage an skill to fly them . Thankfully, they got better and better by the years and right now we can say that flying is the safest way of transportation.

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Vintage Burton BB1 Londonderry Snowboard.

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This is a 1978/79 Burton BB1 Londonderry Snowboard, which by most collectors is considered ‘The Holy Grail’ of collectable snowboards. This board was hand made in Londonderry Vermont by Jake himself and was pulled from his personal archives and sold for a charity event. This board was purchased at a fundraiser and is literally pristine, mint, as new, never ridden. It is in absolutely perfect condition.

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Vintage Burton Prototype Snowboard c. 1978.

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Vintage Burton Backhill Backyard Snowboard c. 1981.

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