SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO3 T77 (85)
Historic motorbikes (6).
Mobylette AU-HT with sidecar, 1954 (MMC-Hervás)
Date of issue :
February 2003 (1st. known date : 24.02.03, Phil. S.)
47 x 26 mm. - Format type 3
Paper :
Thermal phosphorescent self adhesive
Printing process : Offset
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Imprint varieties : 2+2 (Epelsa with 5 and 4 digits small and large)
Values / Set :
0,01 € to 99,99 € / Set: (0,21)-0,26-0,51-0,76 €
Design and Printer :
RCM-FNMT. Real Casa de la Moneda - Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
Printing :
63.110.400 labels
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The 2003 starts with a new issue of the series about historical motorcycles initiated in 2002; The sixth issue is dedicated to one of the mythical models, well known already like the motorbike's Ford T, the Mobylette

In this new issue can be seen one of the first models manufactured by the French company Motobecane at the beginning of the years 50, with sidecar.

The first model of the new Mobylette appeared in the Salon de Paris de la Moto in 1949

This first prototype AV 3 was made from the union of existing elements coming from other machines; some of these elements were the reinforced frame from a 1938 bicycle, the engine from the model "Poney" of 49 cc., .... The fuel tank was located between the support of the saddle and the mudguard. In total, the model had 28 kg of weight and a maximum speed of 30 km/h.

This basic model, without clutch, fork nor transmission, was completed from 1952 with some new improved models; the model AV 31 incorporated a telescopic fork and AV 33, for example, included an automatic clutch. 
The great relation price/quality and its easy use supposed an immediate success.
The Mobylette bleue or AV 8 appeared in the end of 1959 and it is without a doubt the most well known and more sold motorcycle around the world.
The combination of options lead to a multitude of intermediate models, always improving the previous one.

Still in 1997, after more than 50 years of life, it appeared the new model AV 88, sold by MBK under the name of Motobecane.

In 2002 Spanish posts dedicated one ATM issue to another Motobecane model , the B-44 from 1930.

The ATM show the image of a motorbike in the Museo de la Moto Clasica (MMC) de Hervas (Caceres) - Classic Motorbike Museum in Hervas, Caceres, Spain.

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