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Rolux VB60- 1948


This company began in 1938 under the name New-Map and was better known for manufacturing motorcycles. While the microcar was somewhat of a novelty, it quickly found favor in the harsh post-war period. The Rolux, produced in Clermont-Ferrand, France, was originally fitted with a 100cc Fichtel & Sachs engine. The engine was mounted in the rear, and transmission was via a 3-speed gearbox and chain drive to the rear axle. The chassis is made up of welded tubes, the front suspension has transverse leaf springs and the rear has coil springs. As you can see, there are no doors. The Ford-style front end gives it a big car look. Also known as “microcar baby,” approximately 300 were produced before production ended. After 1952, the company continued to make motorcycles and small 3-wheeled commercial vehicles. The New- Map Solyto in the collection is such an example.