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When it first appeared in 1938, the New-Map Microcar from the well-known motorcycle manufacturer was something of a novelty, but it certainly found favor in the post-war period. During the mid 1950s, New-Map, under the direction of Robert Robin, produced a range of two-wheelers including scooters and the Solyto utility truck which you see here. These vehicles were built at the sheet-metal division of New-Map and were called the societe lyonnaise de tolerie – hence the odd name. By the early 1970s, the Solyto was being offered in three body styles – one being this break-camping with four windows in the rear compartment. This three-wheeled van is 4½ feet tall, 4¼ feet wide, 8 feet long and weighs approximately 330 pounds.
Manufacturer: Les Equipements Electriques K.V.
Country of Origin: France
Drivetrain Configuration: Front engine, front wheel drive
Engine: Ydral 125cc, 5.5 hp, two stroke
Top Speed: 31 miles per hour
Years of Production: 1952-74
Number Produced: 4,000
Original Cost: Unknown