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PAGE 15. 1955 Cyclorev (le Mistral engine)

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This delightful cyclomoteur was restored by my friend Patrick in Paris. The model is typical of French bikes of the era, a time when cycle-attachments were evolving into mopeds. Like all the models in the change-over years of the early/mid fifties, the Cyclorev could fall into either category.

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The parent company BVF was located at 36 rue Désiré-Claude, St Etienne (Loire). The first models, in 1952, used le Poulain or VAP engines.

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The le Mistral engine was introduced in 1954, but by 1955 production finished. The Cyclorev is rare in France now.

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An interesting feature is the 2-speed gearbox controlled by a left-hand twist-grip.

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Here’s a picture of the Cyclorev arriving in Brighton, with its pedals waiting to be re-fitted.

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