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Monterey | Lot 329

1970 Solex 3800

Used on the Set of Le Mans (1)

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$66,000 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California

14 August 2021


Frame No.
Engine No.
6004656
5210812
  • Used on the set of Le Mans
  • Documented with a letter permitting its use on the track during filming
  • High volume-selling French moped, popular from 1960s to 1980s
Please note that this lot is sold on a Bill of Sale.

Such was the scale of the 1971 film Le Mans featuring Steve McQueen, the movie star made use of an unconventional motorized bicycle to move around the filming set in France. With its standard bicycle frame, the Solex 3800 was equipped with a 49-cubic-centimeter two-stroke motorcycle engine to supplement the rider’s pedal power. It offered a claimed range of up to 60 miles from its 1.25-liter gas tank. Solex would ship seven million mopeds worldwide before ceasing production in 1988.

This example is accompanied by a letter dated March 1970 from the Fédération Française de Motocyclisme that permits the bike’s use on the set of Le Mans, matching the engine and frame numbers.

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