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Willam Cyclo- 1976


M.H. Willam, president of Lambretta S.A.F.D., presented a Lambretta-engined prototype at the Paris Salon in 1966. The company marketed and rebadged Italian imports by Lawil, Casalini, and others. His many connections allowed him to create a large Microcar empire in France for the next 20 years. His first car, the Willam City, debuted in 1968. It was built in Italy and sold there as a Lawil (Lambretta Willam). Willam Microcars were typically quite square with, some say, ugly lines.

In 1975, Willam began a licensing agreement with French microcar manufacturer ACOMA. The Cyclo model seen here is a license-built, lightly modified version of ACOMA’s Mini Comtesse. Note that the Cyclo lacks the Comtesse’s folding “gullwing” door.

Manufacturer: ACOMA
Country of Origin: France
Drivetrain Configuration: Front-engine, front-wheel drive
Engine: Sachs; air-cooled, 49cc single cylinder, 2-stroke, 3bhp
Transmission: Centrifugal clutch, 2-speed, no reverse
Top Speed: 20 mph
Years of Production: 1975-1984
Number Produced: About 18,000 (all models)
Original Cost: Unknown