VeloSoleX  Hispano-Suiza
1948-1957


Transfert VéloSoleX Hispano-Suiza

© Compiled 'in the last century' by
René Saner (CH) & Johan Spiertz (NL)

© Re-compiled in 2019 with additions  (v3.1)

Any comment, correction proposal or additional information is welcome !  
 


INDEX: 
VéloSoleX top view © Régis (merci !)



Introduction INDEX





The Swiss VéloSoleX was first assembled -but soon afterwards produced- at the  Hispano-Suiza factory of Vernier near Geneva from 1948 until 1957. Only the legendary and very strong 'swan-neck' -shape frames were delivered during these years.

Andreas Wehren

Around 1958 this Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX was replaced by the VéloSoleX (non-'swan-neck'-type) models imported from France.

The luggage-carrier was made from 4mm wire with a rectangular toolbox at the end. It is similar to the French ones found on 26" frames but now with an additional specific clip being a fixed part of the luggage-carrier (to secure transported objects).

luggage carrier


All engines had comb-shape (deflection-type) pistons with cylinder volume originally 45cc and later 49cc.


engine


Soon after the introduction in Switzerland, most parts were genuine Swiss-made.

In 1949 Hispano-Suiza had already 74 sub-contractors to help producing this VéloSolex.

Hispano Suiza parts list

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HS part-numbers always contain 6 digits and start with "510", the following 3 digits correspond with the same 3 digits used in the French VéloSoleX nomenclatura.

Die-casted parts of the engine like crankcase, cylinder-head, ignition-plate and fuel-pump are often marked with the producer's name 'Bühler' (starting with the 2nd generation of the HS VéloSoleX and ending during the 4th generation).

 
   
   
  Crankcase-cover
(outside)  
  Crankcase-cover
(inside)  
 



 
 



 
  HS 510275  
  Bühler 6150-2  
   
   
 
 
   
   
  exhaust-pot  
  cylinder-head
(bottom)  
 



 
 



 
  HS 510817  
  HS 510866
 Bühler 6150-1   
   
  
 
 
   
   
  connecting rod  
  bearing cover  
 



 
 



 
  HS 510346  
  HS 510937
 Bühler 6156-2   
   
  
  Most of the die-casted Bühler parts clearly show the "510xxx" HS part numbers but can also show numbers used by Bühler internally: these numbers contain 4 digits - 1 digit (separated by a dash).



The complete engine numbers and the complete frame numbers from Hispano-Suiza always start with the letters 'HS'

So if you can identify such 'HS' numbers on you own VéloSoleX it should be a real (and rather rare) Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX !

However, some restauration projects used French engines or crankcases (without the starting HS identification).




The company Hispano-Suiza INDEX

 
The company  Hispano-Suiza, known by many people because of their rich history of luxury cars, dates back from 1898.

Concise overview of the company-start (details from  wiki.fr  for the period 1898-1904):

¨La Compañía General Española de Coches Automóviles Emilio de la Cuadra, Sociedad en Comandita¨, was founded in 1898.

They employed the Swiss engineer Marc Birkigt in 1899, but soon afterwards the company went bankrupt (1901).

In the following year 1902, José María Castro Fernández, together with Marc Birkigt, founded a new company named ¨J. Castro, Sociedad en Comandita, Fábrica Hispano-Suiza de Automóviles¨ to continue the production of luxury cars.

Again in 1904 the business broke down and had to be re-financed by Damià Mateu i Bisa and Francisco Seix Zaya.

A new company in Barcelona with Damià Mateu i Bisa as president, Francisco Seix Zaya as vice-président and Marc Birkigt as technical director was called:

« La Hispano-Suiza Fábrica de Automoviles SA »


Soon afterwards this company was so successful that also a French subsidiary was opened in 1911.

From these activities we may assume the start of the relationship between the companies Solex (Marcel Mennesson & Félix Goudard) and Hispano-Suiza (Marc Birkigt), which consisted of supplies of Solex radiators and carburetors to Hispano-Suiza.

During the Spanish civil-war (1936-1939), Marc Birkigt left Spain. Back in Geneva he founded in 1938 the ¨Hispano-Suiza (Suisse) S.A.¨

The idea of Marc Birkigt to start the production of the Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX in Geneva 1948 was also meant to improve diversification (from the dominating focus on military production since the second world war).

Hispano-Suiza used the Vernier factory near Geneva for it's VéloSoleX activities:



Marc Birkigt, born 1878 in Geneva, passed away 1953 near that same city.

His son Louis Birkigt, now being the main family-owner of the ¨Hispano-Suiza (Suisse) S.A.¨, took over until selling his company in the seventies to Oerlikon-Bührle and partly to Sulzer. Premises in Geneva were finally completely closed in the mid-eighties.




An extensive overview of the overall Hispano-Suiza company from its founding up to the business scope in the late 90-ties, can be found in a book written by Michel Polacco: "Hispano-Suiza, the future with a legend", available in English and French.  Recently we saw the brand Hispano-Suiza appearing again at the Geneva-fair March 2019 (see notice of the exhibition in March 1949)


1949: a critical year for the Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX INDEX


Hard to imagine what was required in 1949 to use a VéloSoleX in Switzerland...

- Being 18 years old

- Driver´s license like for heavy motorcycles

- License plates in front and at the back (although it was not needed to mount the plate in the front)

- A speedometer (but you could apparently register your VéloSoleX  without this) 

- However, in  detail  this looks like quite a bit more complicated.... (partly based on the Swiss regulations from  6 August 1947  and those regulations from the 30-ties where ¨cycles with auxiliary-engines were still unknown).


The Hispano-Suiza company in Geneva knew that these regulations in Switzerland had to be changed as soon as possible.

Otherwise the market for the VéloSoleX in Switzerland would have no chance at all.

Arguments that the Hispano-Suiza company in Geneva put forward to the authorities:

- Main point was their very difficult economical situation: being focussed on light-arms production, they suffered from an embargo to export. Internal demand from the Swiss army was far insufficient after the second world-war. They desperately needed  ¨peace-products¨. 

- A substantial amount of money was already invested to set up the production of the VéloSoleX and Hispano-Suiza had engaged  74 sub-contractors  all over the country. Employment advantages were substantial.

- They refered to France, Italy and Holland, being very successful VéloSoleX-countries, who had already changed their regulations in this context.

- At the same time, they mentioned  statistics  from the city of Paris showing that the VéloSoleX-users were one of the most careful drivers with the lowest accident-rate....

- Since VéloSoleX-owners from these countries were not allowed to enter Switzerland either, this could become a  constraint for the Swiss tourist-industry


So the Hispano-Suiza company decided to start influencing and convincing the Swiss authorities in Bern: In summary their   considerations  and  conclusions:  .

(Earlier they had tried to discuss these matters with Swiss police authorities,  but that was no success at all ...)


Correspondence from Hispano-Suiza with the Swiss authorities

 
   First letter from Hispano-Suiza
to the Swiss Authorities
4-5-1949  
  Second letter from Hispano-Suiza
to the Swiss Authorities
27-5-1949  
  Introducing the VéloSoleX and asking for a meeting  
  Now Hispano-Suiza is explaining the possibilities of the VéloSoleX in a detailed report  
      
     
  1 2  
  01  02  03  04  05  06  07 
08  09  10  11  12  13  14   
  Double-signed by the management
Hispano-Suiza in Geneva  
  Introduction signed by Louis Birkigt
Report signed by the VéloSoleX manager  
   
INDEX
 
  Third letter from Hispano-Suiza
to the Swiss Authorities
8-7-1949  
  With enclosure  
  Anticipating the International Conference Road Traffic
in August 1949   
  That is how a lobby should work.....  
     
     
  1  2   
  01  02  03 
04  05   
  Double signed by the management
Hispano-Suiza in Geneva  
  Motivation report signed by Louis Birkigt  
   
INDEX
 
  Proposal to the Swiss Goverment
for new legislation ¨auxiliary engines¨
27-12-1949 (in German)  
  Proposal to the Swiss Goverment
for new legislation ¨auxiliary engines¨
27-12-1949 (in French)  
   
   
   
   
  01  02  03 
04  05  06   
  01  02  03 
04  05  06   
   
   
   
INDEX
 
  Real concerns about missing regulations
for a ¨50cc maximum speed¨
6-1-1950  
  And of course a helping hand from
Hispano-Suiza
13-3-1950  
  Good advise from the lawyer Lachenal in Geneva  
  Signed by Louis Birkigt  
   
   
  01 02  
  01 02  
   
   

VéloSoleX Hispano-Suiza exhibited at the Geneva-fair 1949 INDEX


¨Salon International de l´Automobile"
1949


Published in the ¨Van der Heem¨
company-letter nr. 223




Text in Dutch: ¨..... even in this mountain-country there appears to be a market for the Solex.....¨


In a the Hispano-Suiza papers we found the  comment that there was also a test-circuit at this Geneva-fair in 1949 where ¨thousands of people, both man and woman, from 12 till 70¨ tested the VéloSoleX and learned to use it in a correct way within 30 seconds !



Remark: 70 years later, Hispano-Suiza was presenting again at the Geneva-fair in March 2019 it´s capabilities to their world of wealthy admirers....



You can have a look at:  www.hispanosuizacars.com/brand 



Homologation for the Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX INDEX


 From Franz Kränzlin we received copies from official  Swiss homologation documents describing various details of both the 45cc and 49cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX versions.

From these documents we might conclude that the 45cc production was replaced by the 49cc version at engine-number 14251 and further that the Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX production was (apparently) completely finished at engine-number 14750


Homologation of the HS-VéloSoleX
with 45cc engine: number 254

(Typenschein / Bordereau Type / Certificato tipo)

 Front 45cc  Back 45cc

Homologation of the HS-VéloSoleX
with 49cc engine: number 1788

(Typenschein / Bordereau Type / Certificato tipo)

 Front 49cc   Back 49cc 
 
Source: archive documents from the Swiss organisation for the registration & control of vehicles ('Strassenverkehrsamt'), based on the official publication of the Federal Department of Justice and Police in Switzerland (Eidgenössisches Justiz und Polizei Departement /Département fédéral de justice et police / Dipartimento federale di giustizia e polizia). 

Although these official documents show the last frame-number being 14750, several owners reported us engine- and frame-numbers towards 17000 delivered until december 1960 (see example of the registration of a late 4th generation HS-VéloSoleX on 15-12-1960 with frame-number 16950 and engine-number 16209 in Basel):



This might bring us to the conclusion that the production of the Hispano-Suiza VeloSoleX continued after 1957. But such conclusion would be completely wrong ! The official Geneva state-archives confirm the end of the production in 1957 (Ref: etat.geneve.ch/)

An explanation could be rather simple: the production-level of the Hispano-Suiza VeloSoleX in Geneva was far above the demand in the late 50-ties. So there was a surplus of them still available for selling to the Swiss customers until the early 60-ties) ! Apparently there is a rumour in the city of Geneva that the excess stock of engines have been thrown in the lake of Geneva......


1st generation (45cc)
HS-VéloSoleX
1948 - 1950
Engine-numbers

HS 1 - HS 2.200
INDEX


Transfert VéloSoleX Hispano-Suiza

    Like all later HS-generations, also the first Swiss VéloSoleX can be distinguished by a prominent text on the central frame-tube:  

    "VéloSoleX Fabriqué par HISPANO-SUIZA (Suisse) S.A. Genève" 




    although this history is strongly connected with "Hispano-Suiza" as producer of the Swiss VéloSoleX, the legal entity responsible for distribution of this Solex however, was the S.A. SIVAM (Societé d'Importation des Véhicules À Moteur) 3 Rue du Léman, 1200 Genève.



    this corresponds with "Van der Heem" in The Hague (Holland) as manufacturer of the Dutch RijwielSolex and "Stokvis" in Rotterdam as distributor (and commercially reponsible in the Benelux countries including former overseas territories).


    later, the SIVAM S.A. entity was replaced by SOVEDI S.A. (Vente et distribution en Suisse du VéloSoleX).


    Characteristics for the 1st generation HS-VéloSoleX:
      • The letters 'HS' (in front of the engine-number) have been 'stamped' in the French-made crankcase

        (like the letter 'H' in Holland for the oldest assembled engines in 1948 by Van der Heem in The Hague)

      • All engine-parts were imported from France, the engine was assembled in Geneva

      • From the start, some of the 26" 'Swan-neck' frame-parts applied in Switzerland were slightly different from the French versions (e.g. less flatter mudgards). Unknown which frame-parts were imported.
       
    Engine details: 
     
    • 45cc two-stroke engine, stroke-bore ratio 40 x 38 

    • deflection-type ('comb-shape') piston

    • external transfer-ports in cylinder are closed by a 'Zamac' (=aluminum-alloy) cover

    • cylinder with external gas-transmission (it's the one at the left")




    • cylinder-head fixed with 3 bolts (it's the one at the left with the large holes) 








    • spark-plug mounted vertically on cylinder-head covered by a black isolation:




    • 'peppertin'-shape air filter above carburetor ('carburateur à cloche') it's the lower one at the right side:




    • carburetor with 4mm venturi, the air-slide controller points to the driver (it's the one on top)




    • no engine-cover (fixed on fuel-pump) yet

    • zamac exhaust-manifold with steel connection-pipe towards exhaust




    • not yet a ‘grease-pot' (boîte à graisse) on top of the crankcase

    • French ignition-base with metal-plate around Zamac-center

    • French (black-coloured) lighting and ignition-coils 'SEV'-brand

    • French aluminum flywheel-cover fixed with two closing screws (it's the cover and the ignition at the left): 




    • crankcase-cover fixed with 5 bolts (it's the one at the left): 




    • non-metal fuel-cap with 'riffeling' in black (at the right, the one at the left is the metal fuel-cap in gray as used in France and Holland).




    • snap-system at the leftside of the engine to separate the engine from the front wheel (left side on the picture)




    • steel exhaust-tailpipe connected with an aluminium pot and aluminium part to the cylinder




    • large 55mm diameter (carborundum) drive-roll (it's the one on top):

    • Rolls

    • text on crankcase (in driving direction) : 


    • HS Crankcase 1st generation

         
             VéloSoleX
            (in a 'half circle on top)
             
            Moteur 45cc  
            BREVETÉ FRANCE S.G.D.G. 
            ET ETRANGER 
            HS xxxx 
            MADE IN FRANCE
            (in a 'half circle' below)
             

            (Letters 'HS' stamped in crankcase)

       
    Frame details: 
       
    •  26" swan-neck frame with a fixed installed clip at the luggage-carrier and a toolbox at the rear.

    • toolbox

    •  the frame has at the rear (left side) a fixed installed lock "ML"-brand or 'Hebie'-brand:

    • ml lock

    •  Hispano-Suiza stamped the framenumber into the key-holder

    • keys 2184

    •  keys can get lost, but your nearest dealer might be able to help you....

    • golf-satz

    •  "ML" replacement lock also available separate:

    • lock ml new

    •  advertisement from the competitor Hebie:

    • hebie-adv

    • 'Lucifer'-brand chrome head-light with inscription "VéloSoleX' on top

    • lucifer head lamp

      (unfortunately almost all of these head-lights today have a cracked housing....... but the good news: you can have repaired it, however you may have to participate in your local lottery-system for funding it first)

      better alternative: you could have been (or you are ?) the lucky owner of this brand-new Lucifer VéloSoleX head-lamp offered in the Swiss marketplace Ricardo....


      brand-newlucifer head lamp

    •  black soft grip (rare if it has survived until now.)

    • Rearlight-old

    • comfortable 'brown-colour Viktor Raetzer'-brand black-colour saddle with 3 springs, text: 'VeloSoleX' at the back. This saddle is broader and a bit more flat than the regular French ones. Thr two springs at the back are "twisted" 




    • westwood-type chrome-plated rim 650x38B (i.e. lower 'chapeau gendarme' dome-shape than French ones 650x45B) with 36 spokes (2.2mm) from Swiss-production 'Drahtwerke Biel'

    • wheel-hubs have inscription „EDCO“ (= 'Edouard Dubied & Co' in Couvet / Val de Travers).

    • Bull cord 650 x 45B tyres from the Dätwyler company in Altdorf (written on the packing: "Travail Suisse conscientieux / Zuverlässige Schweizer Arbeit").
      Dätwyler packing material

      Text on the black tyre:

      TYPE VéloSoleX
      BULL CORD
      FABRICATION SUISSE
      650B Dätwyler


    • Dätwyler Bull Cord 650B

      Note: regular Michelin 650B tyres mostly don't fit very well at these rims (too loose - be careful when trying, you might miss some front-teeth afterwards... we're not responsible anyway).

    •  rear-light is regular French-made 'Soubitez'-brand, tiny aluminum housing with small red plastic cover, no rear-reflector 

    • Rearlight-old

    • small rectangular toolbox at the end of the luggage-carrier
    • like the French VéloSoleX, decoration of all frame-parts with hand-painted red & white coloured lines 


    • apparently with a "VéloSoleX"-bell, we have not seen it "in the wild" so far. Who could send photos ?
    • bicycle-type airpump at the luggage carrier (right side)

    • solid parking-stand (aluminium die-cast). It seemed to be a standard delivery, not just an option.




    • option: spare fuel-tank in a triangular-shape with brass-metal cap for mounting at the left side of the luggage-carrier (rather rare !)



    • option: ¨VK-brand¨-speedometer. we received remarks that this accessory (mentioned in our first versions) had nothing to do with the VéloSoleX.

      However, we learned that this speedometer was a formal obligation in Swiss legislation during the late 40-ties for any motor-cylce, including the VéloSoleX !




    • this professional ¨VK-brand¨-speedometer. was produced by the Swiss wrist-watch manufacturer Heloïsa in Lengnau/Longeau (Canton Berne). Typical Swiss service: an extensive catalogue with spare-parts was made avalaible too:

    • VK-parts

    • recently a brand-new ¨VK¨-speedometer. was offered (for a very nice-price) in the Dutch marketplace, however, we reacted too slow....

    • VK-2019

    • since this first generation HS-VéloSoleX did not have an engine lifter yet, sometimes a rare accessory was used to connect the engine to the front wheel and lifting again the engine after finishing the ride: "the basculex"

      Basculex

      "the basculex" was mounted with 2 special bolts on top of the cylinderhead. with a steelwire it could be connected with the existing snap system at the left below the flywheel (we still have a few new wires available.. .)

      Basculex

      Basculex

      Basculex

    • dealers were advised to only use spark-plugs "V 36 A" for VéloSoleX from SEV Marchal

    • Marchal V36A

      Marchal V36A
     

    2nd generation (45cc)
    HS-VéloSoleX
    1950 - 1952
    Engine-numbers

    HS 2.200 - HS 11.499
    INDEX

      Main characteristics: 

       



    3rd generation (45cc)
    HS-VéloSoleX
    1952 - 1955
    Engine-numbers

    HS 11.500 - HS 14.250
    INDEX



     changes versus previous model: 




    4th generation (49cc)
    HS-VéloSoleX
    1955 - 1957
    Engine-numbers

    HS 14.251 - HS 17.000
    INDEX

    changes versus previous type: 






    HS-VéloSoleX Documentation


    INDEX


    Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX publicity material for dealers














    Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX publicity material for customers



    Swiss-German Leaflet to promote for the first generation VéloSoleX produced in Geneva

    Hispano-Suiza advertisement for the VeloSoleX 


     

     Newspaper Publicity for the first generation VéloSoleX produced in Geneva 

    Hispano-Suiza advertisement for the VeloSoleX 


     
    INDEX

      Operating manual for the first 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX  

      (In German - only page 3 and the back-page differ from the French version)  

     

    Content:

       1  2  3  4  5  6  7 8  9 10  


     Press article presenting the first 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX  

      (Source:" 'Tat' Nr. 169 from 22 june 1949)  

     

    Content:

       1  2  3  4  

    INDEX

      Black&White leaflet explaining the first 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX  

      (In German)  

     

    Content:

       1  2  3  4  5  6  7 8    



      Swiss German publicity for the 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX '  


    Swiss-German Publicity for the first generation VéloSoleX produced in Geneva


    INDEX

      Leaflet presenting the first 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX  

      (In French and German)  

     

    Front


    Leaflet explaining the first 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX 

      (In French and German)  

     

    Back

    INDEX

    Leaflet presenting the first 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX (Back) 

        

     

    2 Languages

       German  French   


      Leaflet presenting the first 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX (Front) 

        

     

    2 Languages

      German  French   

    INDEX

     Grand Concours 

      ('Competition'= Invitation for a test-drive)  

     

    (in German)


     Grosser Wettbewerb 

      'Competition'= Invitation for a test-drive)  

     

    (in French)

    INDEX

      Leaflet presenting the third generation 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX  

      (In French and German)  

     

    Front


    Leaflet explaining the third generation 45cc Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX 

      (In French and German)  

     

    Back

    INDEX

     Die Zeitepoche des Hilfsmotor 

      ('Auxiliary Engine Epoch'
    with photo of the Hispano-Suiza factory in Geneva
    and a story about Alwin Reithaar)  

     

    Content:

       1  2  3  4   


     "8x VELOSOLEX"
    "2x SOLEXINE" 

      'Already 300.000 produced so far in France,
    Holland, Spain, Denmark and Switzerland   

     

    (in German)

    INDEX

     Leaflet for the new 330-model

    (49cc) introduced in 1955  

     



    In German and French 


     Same

    Leaflet for the new 330-model 

     



    almost the same, but with an
    indication of the frame-number location 

    INDEX

     Warranty card 330-model 

     



    Front (In German) 


     Warranty conditions 

     

    Front (In German)
    INDEX

     Publicity for the 330 

     


     Publicity for the 330 

     

    Back (In German)

    INDEX

      Service manual 45cc  

      (In German)  

     

    Content (in German):

       1  2  3  4  5  6  7    



     Rare pins 

     

     
    INDEX

      Newspaper advertisement  

        

     

    Content (in German):

         



     Newspaper advertisement 

     

     
    INDEX

      Newspaper advertisement  

        

     

    March 1952

         



     (same advertisement) 

     

    Change from 26" to 24"
    frames in April 1952  

     
    INDEX

      Unique VéloSoleX clock
    (8/20h = "V" 4/16h = X)  

        

     

    ¨Salon International de
    l´Automobile 1955"

         



     ¨Salon International de l´Automobile"  

     

    report 23-3-1955
    Moto Sport nr 6  

     
    INDEX

      Leaflet 1950 

     


    page 1  



      Leaflet 1950 

     

    page 2 


      Leaflet 1950 

     


    page 3  



      Leaflet 1950 

     

    page 4 


      Leaflet 1950 

     


    page 5  



      Leaflet 1950 

     

    page 6 


      Leaflet 1950 

     


    page 7  



      Leaflet 1950 

     

    page 8 





    A remarkable VéloSolex journey from Alwin Reithaar in 1950 INDEX


    These are the remarkable photos from Alwin Reithaar who travelled in 1950 some 15.000km with a first generation Hispano-Suiza Vélosolex from Switzerland via Italy along the coast of the Mediterranean to Algeria and Morocco, continued via Spain and France to Great Britain and up to Norway and Sweden before finally (via the Dutch Solex manufacturer Van der Heem and the distributor R.S. Stokvis in The Hague in Holland) returning to Switzerland......





                                     

    (click on thumbnails to enlarge)

    Alwin Reithaar's trip in 1950 was also published in the Dutch magazine 'Op de Solex' (edited by R.S. Stokvis in The Hague, Holland) It inspired and encouraged many Dutch 'Peperbus' Solex owners to explore Europe in the early 50-ties


       


    Publicity dedicated to Alwin Reithaar's trip in 1950


       





    Alwin Reithaar's correspondence with the Management of VéloSoleX Hispano-Suiza in Geneva, early 1950


    This contract was to obtain a VéloSoleX at a reduced price for his European trip. However, in Geneva they would like to receive results for their money... So this price reduction would be according to completed kilometers, otherwise the regular price had to be paid afterwards......

      alt txt
    alt txt
     
    Spare-parts had to be sent regularly to various European cities..... An overhaul service was offered at the Solex organisations in the UK and in Holland. And.... last but not least, he will receive his Solex for free

    alt txt
    alt txt
     
    In Oslo the spark-plug cable lost connection... so also the fuel-pump had to be removed... but in the meantime an extra gasket for the fuel-pump connection to the crankcase was invented.

    alt txt


    alt txt
     



    5.000km from 15.000km had been achieved already at the moment that this newspaper advertisement was published early 1950. The remark "sans panne" can be seen different after having read the notebook of Alwin..... While he was sending positive reports to Geneva, at the same time, the letters to his brother presented a quite different view on the experiences regarding his VéloSoleX.



    Remark: Alwin Reithaar, having used a first generation HS VéloSoleX with engine number 2155, enables us to correct our previous 'estimate' of the 1st generation production numbers, from HS 1 - 2000, into a new 'educated estimate' of HS 1 - 2200



    Alwin Reithaar passed away in october 2018 at the sacred age of 96. Thank you Alwin for your amazing stories, photos, documents and trust !

     

    Examples INDEX


    The 4 generations of the Hispano-Suiza VéloSoleX are shown in the next examples




    Example Generation-1

    INDEX

     
    HS xxxx
      engine number HS 510


    HS xxxx
     102  
    HS 510
     103  
    HS 510
     104  
    HS 510
     105  
     


    Example Generation-2

    INDEX

      HS xxxx
      engine number HS 9333


    HS xxxx
     202  
    HS xxxx
     203  
    HS xxxx
     204  
    HS xxxx
     205  
     


    Example Generation-3

    INDEX

      HS 11999
      engine number HS 11999


    HS xxxx
     302  
    HS 501
     303  
    HS xxxx
     304  
    HS xxxx
     305  
     


    Example Generation-4

    INDEX

      HS xxxx
      engine number HS 15042


    HS xxxx
     402  
    HS xxxx
     403  
    HS xxxx
     404  
    HS xxxx
     405  
     



    We are always interested to receive information about your HS-VéloSoleX (like photos, documents or publicity). Currently we are trying to compile a list of engine- and frame-numbers (only accessible for owners who have transmitted such information). Later, this list could be completed with other details:
     HS-list  



    Mir si immer dra interessiert Informazione über Ihri HS-VeloSolex z'übercho (wie Fotos, Dokumãnt oder Wärbig). Zur Zyt versueche mir ä Ufstellig mit Motor u Rahmenummere zäme z' stelle (nume für Bsitzer zugänglich, die setigi Informazione übermittlet hei). Später cha di Ufstellig mit andere Details vervollständigt wärde:
     Ufstellig  



    Wir sind immer daran interessiert, Informationen über Ihre HS-VéloSoleX zu erhalten (wie Fotos, Dokumente oder Werbung). Derzeit versuchen wir, eine Liste mit Motor- und Rahmennummern zusammenzustellen (nur für Besitzer zugänglich, die solche Informationen übermittelt haben). Später könnte diese Liste mit anderen Details vervollständigt werden:
     HS-Liste  



    Nous sommes toujours intéressés à recevoir des informations sur votre HS-VéloSoleX (comme des photos, documents ou publicité). Nous essayons actuellement de dresser une liste avec les numéros de moteur et de cadre (accessible uniquement aux propriétaires ayant transmis ces informations). Plus tard, cette liste pourrait être complétée par d'autres détails:
     HS-liste  



    Siamo sempre interessati a ricevere informazioni sul suo HS-VéloSoleX (come fotos, documenti o pubblicità). Attualmente stiamo cercando di compilare un elènco di motore- e telàio-numeros (accessibile solo per i proprietari che hanno trasmesso tali informazioni). Successivamente, questo elènco potrebbe essere completato con altri dettagli:
     HS-elènco  



    Siempre estamos interesadosen recibir información sobre su HS-VéloSoleX (como fotos, documentos o publicidad). Actualmente estamos tratando de compilar una lista de números de motor y cuadro (solo accesible para los propietarios que han transmitido dicha información). Más tarde, esta lista podría completarse con otros detalles:
     HS-lista  



    Wij zijn altijd geïnteresseerd om informatie te ontvangen over uw HS-VéloSoleX (zoals fotos, documenten of publiciteit). Momenteel zijn we bezig om een lijst met motor- en frame-nummers samen te stellen (alleen toegankelijk voor bezitters die zulke gegevens hebben doorgegeven). Later zou deze lijst kunnen worden uitgebreid met verdere details:
     HS-lijst  




    HS-VéloSoleX Service,
    Tools, Repair & Tuning


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    Advise: only use original HS-VéloSoleX spare-parts ! However, if your nearest HS-VéloSoleX dealer ran out of stock, you might consider to cast missing Zamac VéloSoleX-parts yourself :-)



    Technical do's & don'ts,
    (service, tools, repair & tuning)
    eventually to be addressed
    by Joan Majoor

    (Joan: Just One Anomalous Nerd) 




    for the time being, we just have the original VéloSoleX repair-guides from Courbevoie available :-)



    We know that this French repair-guide from the VéloSolex Courbevoie organisation has been published in English (and Dutch) too.

    Could anyone provide us with this English version ? Has anyone seen this guide as HS-version in German/Italian/French ?

    Please let us know !

       

     


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    (similar) 49cc version will be published later :-)



    The "post-HS" era: the sixties


    somewhere around 1958 SOVEDI S.A. started to import the VéloSoleX from France: this could have been the model 660 (with the same engine as the 4th generation HS but with a non-swanneck frame). however, more probably it was the French model 1010 (same frame as the model 660 but with a cylinder without external transfert ports: the so called "double transfert" with "dome-shape piston" or "piston bombé"). you can identify such engine by its non-keylock-shape airfilter:



    all later engines had similar airfilters: via the French Solex model 1400, and afterwards the models 1700, 2200, 3300 and 3800 (with automatic clutch):





    although the automatic clutch became the standard in our Solex-world, we still prefer the traditional and quiet way of Solex riding without such clutch ("embrayage automatique")...... however, our famous "curé" did not seemed to be stressed at all (maybe due to these peaceful sixties)......



    INDEX


    The "pre-HS" era:
    the mid-fourties


    during the year 1947, the Solex organisation in Paris-Courbevoie was interested in selling licences towards 3rd parties inside and outside Europe

    they succeeded soon in Switzerland with Hispano-Suiza in Geneva, in Italy ("VéloSoleX Torino") and in Holland ("RijwielSolex Stokvis Rotterdam")

    quite a lot of the VéloSolex 1947 models were sent from Courbevoie to these cities for testing purposes

    unfortunately almost none of these testing vehicles have survived, although we happened to discover certain remainings of them

    maybe there are local collectors who were lucky too in finding such historical parts

    for determining these "pre-HS" parts, we add hereafter some typical images of such engine from the year 1947

    • cylinder-head with large 24mm SW26 (thread M18x1.5mm) spark-plug, instead of regular 18mm SW21 (thread M14x1.25mm):

      (merci David M.)




    • crankshaft consisting of two parts




    • ignition with red "SEV"-coils and condensor on top:




    • carburettor with an extra (oil-mixture and/or 25% alcohol) fuel-adjusting screw:




    • large Ducellier aluminium head-lamp:




    • closed aluminium exhaust-pot:



    we would be grateful to learn about such "pre-HS" discoveries from you !



    press-photo presenting the 1947 version of the VéloSoleX in France:


    based on this 1947 model, Stokvis and Van der Heem assembled the prototype of the first Dutch "RijwielSoleX" (we assume that Hispano-Suiza in Geneva, like the VéloSoleX Torino organisation in Italy, was also busy with a similar excercise):


    instruction booklet from the pre-serie "La bicyclette à moteur Solex" with many interesting technical details (in French):




    Content:  

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    References INDEX

    (Sequence in time-line)


      Martin Bollinger / Franz Kraenzlin / Typenschein 254 und 1788 vom EJPD / Michel Polacco: 'Hispano-Suiza, the future with a legend' (Le Cherche Midin Editeur ISBN Jurgen Schuur 2.86274-271-6) / Joan Majoor / Jan Vennix / Jan Klugkist / Andreas Wirmer / Hay Spiertz  (Johan's father) / Alwin Reithaar / Andreas Wehren / Guy Maurice / 'Le VéloSoleX, la bicyclette qui roule toute seule' (Massin Editeur 9782707201560) / Franck Meneret / Ruedi Koller / Patrick / Volker / Peter / Ricardo.ch / Thomas Reithaar / etat.geneve.ch / David Cunier / Van der Heem company letter nr. 223 / Schweizer Bundesarchiv in Bern / Office du patrimoine et des sites Canton de Genève / Régis B, Ron vdB, Keith W, Theresa, Gerrit vdS, Viktor B, Merk52, David M, Jurgen S, & others  


    Remarks INDEX

    In our older versions, some omissions have been included regarding the first generation 26" Hispano-Suiza Vélosolex (i.e. some accessories have been described as 'regular production-specification', like the brown ´Viktor Raetzer´ saddle and the ´large-sized Lucifer-brand´ head-light). We derived such information from our superb 1st-generation HS VéloSoleX which was found after a profound sleep of 50 years in a "near-new" showroom state. However, it became clear that the original owner must have been a 'mordu' professional who replaced many standard-parts with better or newer ones. For instance, he (or she ?) added an engine-lifter, replaced the standard headlamp by two better ones, replaced the 4mm carburettor with a newer 7mm version etc. Servicing the engine it became also clear that this person knew very well how to tune the engine for improved performance ! Finally we were able to correct the earlier omissions by studying the photos from Alwin Reithaar.



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    Hispano-Suiza transfert  
     
    Solex ™ Solexine™ and VéloSoleX ™
    are registered trademarks of the Cible Group
     'EasyBike Group' in Paris

    Solex ™ Solexine™ et VéloSoleX ™
    sont des marques propriétés du Groupe Cible
      'Groupe EasyBike' à Paris
    (merci Franck)

    Solex ™ Solexine™ und VéloSoleX ™
    sind geschützte Marken der Cible Gruppe
      'EasyBike Gruppe' in Paris

    https://www.easybike.fr





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