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1956 Mochet CM-125Y Berline

The new model Berline was introduced on the last day of 1954. It featured a new modern body with proper doors, fixed side window frames, and a fabric roof that folded back, but was fixed at the rear- unlike the Vespa 400. It continued the aluminum-strip grille of the Grand Luxe which would continue to be built alongside the new model for another two years. The letter "Y" in the name stood for Ydral- the new motor fitted to the car- and for those who had the license, could be had in a 175cc size. An electric starter was offered, at first the Gyrostarter seen on the P.Vallee, but problems with it resulted in the fitting of a starter from the Renault Juvaquatre.

In 1958 French legislation changed, so that the permitted engine size to drive "sans permis" was changed to 50cc,and the customer base for the long-lived 125cc Mochets decreased drastically. Georges Mochet decided to cease production.

Cousin Alexandre Laurant, commercial director of the firm, joined Citroen, and Georges Mochet went to Pont a Mousson to work on agricultural equipment. He is still an active enthusiast of the recumbent bicycle which his father invented so many years ago.

Manufacturer: Etablissements Charles Mochet, Puteaux, France

Model: CM 125 Y Motor: Ydral, 2-stroke Body: Steel
Years Built: 1954 - 1958 No. Cylinders: 1 Chassis: Tube
No. Produced: 3 000 Displacement: 125 cc Suspension Front: Coil
No. Surviving: N/A Horsepower: 5 Suspension Rear: Leaf Spring
Length: 2.64 m Gearbox: 3 Steering: Spindles
Width: 1.12 m Starter: Pull Brakes: Cable
Weight: 245 kg Electrics: 6 v 4 Wheels: 550-85
Interior: Bench Ignition: Magneto Top Speed: 50 kph

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