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1958 Solyto

The long-lived motorcycle builders, New Map in Lyon, ventured into small vehicle manufacturing before WWII with a miniature roadster powered by Fichtel & Sachs. Immediately after the Occupation, they continued to offer the same vehicle, now powered by Ydral, as the Rolux and built for them by the Societe Rolux, until 1952. That same year saw the introduction of a tiny three-wheeled utility vehicle, closely related to the Rolux and intended as a stylish, practical alternative to the scooter-based Vespa and Lambretta "triporteurs" with their handlebars and open cabs.

A proper round steering wheel turned the front fork directly and on it was mounted the familiar 125cc blower-cooled Ydral motor. It was started with a kick lever, and the displacement allowed the little truck to be driven without a license. 200 kg was the load capacity, although the indicated top speed of 50 kph probably meant that it was not fully loaded. The charming little truck served its purpose admirably well, being perfectly suited to the character of the rural French farmer and businessman.

Manufacturer: New Map, Lyon, France

Model: TC-7 Motor: Ydral, 2-stroke Body: Steel
Years Built: 1952 - 1974 No. Cylinders: 1 Chassis: Tube
No. Produced: 4 000 Displacement: 125 cc Suspension Front: Coil
No. Surviving: Horsepower: 4.5 Suspension Rear: Leaf
Length: 2 450 mm Gearbox: 3 + rev Steering: Direct
Width: 1 280 mm Starter: Kick Brakes: Cable
Weight: 150 kg Electrics: 6 v 3 Wheels: 270 x 90
Interior: 1 seat, 1 optional Ignition: Magneto Top Speed: 50 kph

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