In the Mid-50's Egon Brutsch sold the license for building his three-wheeled vehicles to the Cessna aircraft distributor for France, named Societe Air-Tourist. Not satisfied with merely reproducing the open three-wheeler, they designed their own vehicle with a tubular body frame. Construction took place in an aircraft hangar near the Paris airport. The Paris Salon of 1955 saw the introduction of five versions of their egg-shaped doorless vehicles.
The suspension by Neidhart was rubber-in-torsion; the steering was by flexible cable. This example, the 200 SC, (S for Sachs, C for coupe), uses the familiar Messerschmitt motor with a swing axle driving the single rear wheel. The upper shell was reinforced with a simple tube cage and the fenders protected with polished aluminum casings, which were also used as step-plates.
The Avolette was available in five different versions, all with single-cylinder, 2-stroke motors and 3 or 4 wheels. The Competition Deluxe utilized a differently styled fiberglass shell. There was a connection to the Societe France Jet, in 1958, producing Brutsch's V2N design.
Numerous accessories were available at extra charge, including the forward-tilt hardtop, luggage carrier, hubcaps, and windshield wiper, all to be seen on this car.
Manufacturer: Societe Air Tourist, Paris France