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ACMA Scooters

A Brief History of the Marque
Manufactured from 1951 to 1962

La société A.C.M.A. (Ateliers de Construction de Motocycles et Accessoires), an aeronautical firm, produced 123cc, 147cc & 173cc Vespas under license in Fourchambault, near Dijon. Manufacture commenced in 1951 and by 1954 they had produced 150 thousand machines. Production continued until 1962 when falling sales of scooters, and of the Vespa 400 microcars which they also produced, caused the closure of the small factory with devasting impact on Fourchambault. The company at its peak employed some 2800 people, and the population of the town was just a little over six thousand.

The major difference between the French and Italian scooters was the location of the headlamp which had been moved to the steering head on the ACMA. The Vespas at that time were located on the front mudguard.

Sources: Henshaw, Tragatsch, Wikipedia

Thu Jul 02 2009
apejack99 at yahoodot com
Vespa Acma
How do I find out the year and engine size of my ACMA? I think it's a '56.
Where are the numbers on the engine/frame?
Where to get parts? thanks
San Jose, California, USA

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