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The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum | Lot 266

1948 Rolux Baby

$17,250 USD | Sold

United States | Madison, Georgia

15 February 2013


ID No.
25128

The only completely original and unrestored example known to exist.

SPECIFICATIONS

Manufacturer: Ets. De Construction Générale Auto-Cycles

Origin: Lyon, France

Production: est. 400

Motor: Aubier-Dunne 1-cyl., 2-stroke

Displacement: 125 cc

Power: 4.5 hp

Length: 8 ft. 9 in.

Identification No. 25128

This delightfully styled little roadster was called “la plus belle des motocars” by the press. It emulated a full-size car in miniature, including its faux 1939 Ford grille, while keeping proportions correct.

The parent company, New Map, revived its pre-war “Baby” after the war. It was produced by a subsidiary company, which built the car with slightly altered chassis and body details compared with the New Map Baby. It now had an Aubier-Dunne motor. The name Rolux was first used on the sales sheets.

This car is important in that, out of the 60-odd surviving Roluxes in the Registry, it is the only one that remains totally original and unrestored.

It is a VB 58 model, which means a short rounded tail and fenders, no opening front hood, a cast windshield frame, a chain drive to a solid axle, and a three-spoke steering wheel. One is able to discern details that are typically lost in a restoration, such as the Rolux decals on the front fender and rear lid, the type of windshield knobs, and the correct, plain aluminum grille badge.

The car has a lovely patina, which underlines its unmolested survival of more than six decades.

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