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An original iconic 3800 Velo Solex from the era of Steve McQueen
Product Code:

1973 VELOSOLEX VELO SOLEX 3800 AUTOCYCLE MOPED SOLD Click on above image to view full picture

Additional Information

Make Velo Solex
Model 3800
Type Bikes


A charming Velo Solex 3800 Model.

The engine number confirms that this bike would have been made in 1973 and a 3800 model. 

Some Observations

  • The piston is sezied and the head has been removed so the engine will need rebuilding however with new kits now available from Classic Moped Spares this should be a relatively straight forward and cost effective exercise and will give you a bike running how you want it.
  • Apart from that the rest of the bike is mostly there wikth a few items that you may want to improve or replace depending on preference. 


  • This should offer an easy entry level bike into the Classic Moped / Motorcycle Scene. The engine which fits over the front wheel can be easily worked on without the requirement of lifting benches and specialist equipment. At Classic Moped Spares we can supply the parts that you need.
  • Many classic bikes over the time if the engine and carburettor has been stood then fuel filters, pipes and carburettors are an area to look at cleaning or replacing first so this would be a good place to start.
  • If further engine parts are needed then all of these are available from us at reasonable prices and low postage rates.
  • Should you also wish to restore this or any other Solex to a higher level then we also can supply specialist items including chrome parts and performance enhancing spares as well. 


  • The Nova paperwork has been completed by us professionaly and is currently being processed with HMRC. Should you wish to register the bike in the Uk this is now a straight forward process and help can be found using one of the UK autocycle clubs such as the NACC. An age related number plate should then be issued by the DVLA based on the model year


Some more information about the history of this model is below:-

  • The Velo Solex 3800 model is probably one of the most iconic bikes, being used in many films and photo shoots over the years

  • During the shooting of the film “ Le Mans ”
    created by Lee H. Katzin in 1970 , Steve McQueen was photographed on a Solex 3800 in the company of his wife Neile ADAMS. A big collector of motorbikes he appeared to be the best Velosolex ambassador.
  • The new engine on the Solex boasted 50% more power on hills. 
  • Modifications were made progressively to the 3800, and the most important ones are listed below :
    1967: Metal fuel tank replaced by one made from black plastic. Mudflap with 4 screws replaced by one with 2 screws.
    1968:Addition of a twist-grip that permits slowing
    down without braking
    1972: Disappearance of the red decal on the air filter cover


  • The price does not include delivery and viewing is reccomended.
  • Should you wish for a delivery quote then please contact us through the support page

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