French Motorcycles

SECAM and Vitrex Autocycles and Microcars

Société d'Etudes et Constructions d'Automobiles et Motorcycles in Chambly (65km north of Paris) built bicycle engines from 1951 until 1971. Later they built three-wheelers under the name Addax with Sachs engines, and in 1978 after the firm's acquisition by Vitrex the vehicles were named the Vitrex Addax.


Jaques Riboud was behind several prototype voiturettes designed for personal urban transport, but these did not gain market penetration.

In the mid-70s they marketed the Snuggy microcar which was designed by Autozodiaco and built in Italy where it was sold as the Charly.

Sources: OTTW,