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1977 Arola

Lyon's Daniel Manon introduced the Arola to the world in January 1976. This little enclosed moped with its distinctive shape set the pattern for a host of such vehicles in the next few years. It was destined to become one of the most successful of the French "voiturettes".

This example is the early 3-wheeled type 11, with power by Sachs "cyclomoteur" and two-speed automatic "Saxonette" drive. The 3 hp motor gave the 242 lb car a top speed of around 40 kph. A pick-up version, the "Super Pratique", with a small box over the rear wheels, was also available.A four-wheeled version, the Type 14 soon followed, with Motobecane 50cc engine.The car grew longer and heavier, and a BCB 125 cc motor became available on the Type 18.

The Minoto was taken over from Bel-Motors, makers of the Veloto, in 1982, by which time the company had relocated to Aix-les-Bains. However, this was unable to keep the company from bankruptcy in 1983. It emerged from the ashes as the well-known firm of Aixxam.

Manufacturer: Arola s.a.r.l., Lyon-Corbas France

Model: Type 11

Motor: Fichtel&Sachs Body : Polyester
Years Built: 1976-82 No. Cylinders: 1 Chassis: Metal
No. Produced: 18,000 Displacement: 47 cc Suspension Front: Coil
No. Surviving: no data Horsepower: approx. 3 Suspension Rear: Coil
Length: 1840 mm Gearbox: Variable-Speed Transmission Steering: Rack & Pinion
Width: 1 050 mm Starter: Electric Brakes: Cable
Weight: 110 kg Electrics: 12 v 3 Wheels: 4.00 x 8"
Interior: Bench Ignition: Coil Top Speed: 40 kph

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