Introduced in 1929, the first models of the pedal-operated velocar had a pointed front, as seen in these photos. Three versions were offered, the standard two-seater (above); and two models with a open box at the back. On one of these, the Camionette, this was used for luggage; while the Familial (below) had two small bench seats in it for children to sit on. In 1934, a new design was introduced, with a rounded front end.
1934 Mochet Velocar ‘Familial’
HEIGHT (to top of steering wheel): 118cm
VARIOUS VELOCAR PICTURES
This earliest model of Velocar recumbent bicycle ran for only one year, 1932. 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.