2019 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic Auction & Rare Number Plates
Lot
39

c1959 ABG Velovap Bicyclette Automatique

$1,800

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Description

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Manufactured in France between 1959 and 1961, the Velo Vap was a typical moped made by the Société VAP, a manufacturer renowned for supplying clip-on cycle and moped engines since 1949 and part of parent company ABG, a major electrical component concern.  Named after the designers Verot and Andriot Pierre, VAP’s Velo Vap was a competitor for the popular VeloSoleX, boasting a more powerful engine capable of ascending hills without pedalling, but the high price contributed to the short production run.  Mounted above the front wheel, the roller-driver 50cc unit, the Velo Vap was capable of cruising at between 30-35 km/h according to contemporary literature.