The first (1932) model of Velocar recumbent ran for only one year. It was so low-slung that it was hard to ride and the riding position was therefore altered in 1933 for subsequent models. The 1932 prototype model was named in the Mochet catalogue as a Velo Velocar (V.V), but for the first year it was actually known only as a Velocar, bearing the same name as Mochet’s four wheeler. The machine was so radically diverse that the cycling press loved it. Unfortunately, the racing fraternity disliked it intensely …because it was too fast! It was banned from events, and debates took place over whether it could even be considered a bicycle.
Ets. Mochet Vélo-Vélocar,
Modele Standard’ 1934
This Velocar is in good ridable condition. It’s an older restoration: there has been a repair at the rear stays, and it has been repainted. Its chainguard is missing. The intermediate sprocket is a different pattern, and the brake lever is a later style. It rides fine as a single speed, but was more than likely originally a geared model.
VELOCAR v ‘NORMAL’
THE MARQUE SPECIALIST’S 1934 VELOCAR
My friend Bob, who is the marque specialist, introduced me to the two-wheel Velocar. This is his original 1934 example for comparison.
1932 PATHE NEWS SHORT FILM ‘ARMCHAIR CYCLING’