303: 1951 Mochet CM-125 Luxe
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
Chassis #: 002490
3.5 hp, 125 cc Zurcher two-stroke single cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, leaf-spring rear suspension, and cable-operated mechanical brakes.
- Offered from the prestigious Bruce Weiner Collection
- Lightweight bicycle frame design
- Nothing to break
- No license required!
Charles Mochet was a French builder of pedal-powered cars he called Velocars. Adapting the Velocar design to a two-wheeled conveyance, he built the first performance recumbent bicycle. Charles died in 1934, but his widow and son Georges carried on his business. After World War II, Georges designed a tube-frame microcar to operate in the sans permis class where no license was required.
Adhering to his father’s maxim, “If it isn’t there it can’t break,” Georges created a minimalist auto powered by a 125 cc two-stroke engine. Springing comprised coils at the front and leaf springs to the rear. Mochet held to cable-operated mechanical brakes to the end of production. The cars were popular because they did not require a driver’s license and also because they were much less expensive and more easily available than a 4CV Renault or Citroën 2CV, both of which had lengthy postwar waiting lists.
Offered from the Bruce Weiner Collection, this Mochet CM-125 dates from the first year of production and features the early style flanged and bolted nose section. The steering wheel is also the early primitive type, later superseded by a three spoke design. This microcar has been meticulously restored, painted red with black seating. It is flawless in its cosmetic presentation and in its mechanical condition. Just 1,250 Mochet CM-125s were built from 1951 to 1953. Rarely seen, this a must-have for any microcar enthusiast!