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Acoma Microcars

Manufactured in Angers from 1973 until around 1980

The Acoma Minicomtesse was fitted with a 47cc Saxonette or 50cc Motobecane engine mounted above the front wheel, Velosolex-fashion. It came with two doors, a conventional door on one side and a gullwing door on the other. To help overcome the inherent instability a pair of outrigger wheels was added.

In order to qualify for the sans permis category, it had a pedal which when pushed would propel the vehicle forwards - about 300mm. Not entirely practical, but it satisfied the legal requirements.

Several different models were built over the lifetime of the marque, most with four wheels.

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