THE SOLEX 3800
50% more power for hills
The red decal as well as the headlight cover display the new name : 3800
THE BICYCLE THAT CLIMBS BY ITSELF
The Solex 3800 was sold from May 1966 until November 1988 :
|Month Year||Motor Number||Price|
|May 1966||3.800.001||373 F|
|January 1968||4.252.840||393 F|
|January 1969||4.533.060||420 F 447 F (deluxe: red and blue,whitewall tires and stainless steel fenders)|
|January 1970||4.600.285||439 F 489 F (white super deluxe)|
|January 1971||4.713.001||(end of the deluxe versions )|
|January 1973||4.816.551||540 F|
|January 1974||4.859.701||578 F 629 F in July 1974|
|January 1975||4.914.560||713 F|
From 1976 until November 7, 1988
: numbers after 9,000,000.
Sources: Franck MENERET, Maxime MICHAUD, Jean GOYARD
in 1976 890 F, in 1978 1135 F, in 1983 2275 F, in 1985 2396 F, in 1986 2650 F, in 1987 3095 F.
The S 3800s sold in the US and Puerto Rico from 1968 to 1975 have numbers in the range 5 000 000 to 5 34x xxx.
Modifications were made progressively to the 3800,
here we will list the most important ones :
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
1974: Disappearance of the gold pinstripes on
1976: Appearance of the “Motobecane” taillight.
"Motobecane" decals are affixed to each side
of the frame.
VELOSOLEX EASY TO MAINTAIN
In 1985, the "Export" Solex 380 undergoes some new modifications :
- Use of the 5000 handlebars with a CEV headlight (made in Italy) held in place with a clamp.
- Black plastic engine cover, replacing the traditional rectangular headlight, with a silver 3800 decal with silvery characters.
In 1986 last modifications before its disappearance.
Return of the traditional 3800 :
- The “ Solex” logo is now affixed to each side of the central frame.
- New, non-inverted, aluminum hilts, black-colored, as are mounted on the Motobecane cyclemotors.
- From now on the headlight lens
will be glass and no longer plastic.
- Along with the traditional black color, the model will be available in 2 other colors: red and blue Motobecane shades ).
THE LAST FRENCH SOLEX
One of the last Solex 3800s made in France by MBK at the Saint-Quentin factory in Aisne Departement, seen in this photo:
- the CEV glass lens with a large-base bulb.
- New decompression lever on the left, adapted from the 5000.
- new brake levers.
- new handlebars.
(The model in the photo left the Saint-Quentin factory in September 88).
BRIGITTE BARDOT SOLEX & YAMAHA (1971)
THE SOLEX 3800 IN PARIS THEATER
The 3800 in a scene from :
" The lawyer "
in Olympia Theater in 1969
The 3800 at the Comédie Caumartin :
" Les Bodin's " in 2001
The 3800 at the " Nouveautés " theater :
" CHEVALIER et LASPALES " in 1998
THE SOLEX 3800 IN THE BROADWAY THEATRE
The 3800 in New York in 2003
From after the production by Puccini
THE SOLEX 3800 AT THE LE MANS SPEEDWAY
During the shooting of the film “ Le Mans ”
created by Lee H. Katzin in 1970
Steve McQueen on a Solex 3800 in the company of his wife Neile ADAMS. A big collector of motorbikes he appears here as the best Velosolex ambassador.
LE SOLEX 3800 IN THE PARIS STYLE
Summer Collection 2002 "All in White "
Photo appeared in ELLE magazine with
obviously a white Solex 3800 Deluxe !!!
SOLEX RADIO NOSTALGIE
The last 100 examples will be produced
in October 1988 under the name of " Radio Nostalgie ".
The model shown carries the number 094.
Eight of them will be sold to bidders during a television show on TF1 on saturday decembre 17th 1988, presented by Jean-Pierre Foucault and Veronique Colucchi , the total of these sales to be donated to "Restaurants du coeur " a charity founded by Coluche.
TELEVISION SHOW ON TF 1 "SOLEX NOSTALGIE"
ARCHIVES SOLEX 3800
SOLEX 3800 PHOTO GALLERY
1946-2006 THE 60 YEARS OF THE VELOSOLEX
MBK 1985 Parts Catalog Solex 3800 : (here)