French Motorcycles

Societe Air Tourist Microcars

A Brief History of the Marque

Manufactured: 1955-1958

Headed by Jean Avot, the company was a member of the aviation industry located on rue de Ponthieu at the Toussus-de-Noble airport near Paris, and was the French distributor for Cessna. They were licenced to built the machines developed by Egon Brutsch to which they made many modifications.

Displayed at the 1955 Paris Salon as La Brutsch-Avolette, it appeared at the 1956 show as L'Avolette.

The frame was substantially stiffened front and rear to form a cage, the steering mechanism was changed to use a flexible Bowden cable system, it had an optional hard-top, and a number of fittings were chrome-plated. Front suspension was by Neidhart, rear by Niemann, and a more conventional framed windshield replaced he original sculpted plexiglass.

Several different models were produced - three employed Ydral 125 & 175cc engines, two had F&S 200cc and 250cc units, and a four-wheel model was released with a  Maico Maicoletta engine, the 250 MD Record capable of 110km/h. The two rear wheels of this machine were quite close together.

A Lambretta-powered "New Avolette" was displayed in 1957 but did not enter production.

Sources: Bruce Weiner Museum, et al.

Notes: JF writes of a V2-N model which used either a 175cc Heinkel engine or a 500cc Fiat 2-stroke twin. He also mentions a version of the Rollera powered by an obscure French engine. The information must be viewed with scepticism.

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