> Things have been a little quiet with the posts, so I thought I would
> introduce a question for everyone to ponder. There is a site Car of the
> Century (www.cotc.com) that held a competition and announced the results
> of the most significant automobiles of the 20th century. The Ford Model
> T won hands down, followed by the Mini and Porsche.
> > I was curious as to what the most significant moped of the 20th century
> would be, regarding social impact, engineering, styling and sales. I
> will put forward two or three to start;
I would name the following three.
The Mobylette model AV42 (or EEG 10 as it was called here). (1963 till
Build in the 1960's this model was the ultimate, easiest in use, utility
vehicle. This model alone cornered the market for years with the next
best being all stokvis products (which included 3 (!) different marks
and all their models).
Many say that it was also the transportation that has helped the female
This model has been copied by several marks to get back in the game (ie
batavus berini peugeot cyrus sparta).
The puch MV/MS/VS. (1954 till 1981)
Ofcourse this goes, I think, solely for the Netherlands. The puch has
had a great impact on the "rebellion" of the youth in the 1960's again.
In many places one can say that without a puch, you were nobody. Girls
dated guys because of the puch.
And ofcourse the puch is one of few mopeds that had certain standard
requirements to be suiteble for their owners. Exchanging the normal
steer for a higher one is probably the most well known alteration.
(http://squeeky.cytag.nl/~karimu/panterpuch.jpg for a more extreme
The solex. (1948 till present day (with pauses of several years tho'))
After the war this product made europe mobile again. This was one of the
first mass produced and affordeble mopeds of it's time. The well known
name of the solex made the term solex not only a brand but also the
synonime for moped (any moped) for an entire generation. This moped is
undoubtfully and undeniably the moped of the 20th century (and I'm not
biased in this case, cos I don't even like em much at all ;) ).