Very much so for serial Maranello collector Raymond Niesen, whose passion for the asthmatic two-wheelers has led him to build the largest VéloSoleX set in the world.
“When I was a teenager, we used to spend our family summer vacations in France,” explains Raymond.
At the time, VéloSoleXes were popular with French workers and among youngsters whose families could afford more than a bicycle.
“My 14-year-old cousins and their friends enjoyed the delights of the VéloSoleX,” says Raymond.
“These motor-propelled bicycles were a perfect demonstration of the power of freedom.
“I promised myself one as soon as I could afford it.”