The Avolette was one of many cars whose origins lay with Brutsch, in this case the Brutsch Zwerg. The design was modified significantly by the French licensee, Air Tourist with a little factory in Paris in the rue de Ponthieu.
The Avolette was a glassfibre two-seater whose open-topped body was moulded in two parts; a flop-forward hardtop was optional. In its T-shaped tubular backbone chassis, a 175cc Ydral single-cylinder air-cooled engine was fitted (other options spanned Sachs, Maico and Lambretta, from 125cc to 250cc), with chain drive to the single rear wheel. The makers claimed a top speed of up to 62mph (ca. 100 km/h) and fuel economy of 94mpg (2.5 l/100 km).
The car was produced in several versions: the 125 YD Normale, the 175 YD and the 175 YC Tourisme (all with Ydral power and three wheels), the 200 SD and SC Tourisme de Luxe (with Fichtel & Sachs power and three wheels), the 250 MB Competition de Luxe, and the 250 MC and MD Record de Luxe (with Maico power and four wheels), of which this car is an example. Model numbers indicate displacement, motor, and C for coupe and D for decapotable (convertible).
From 1957, the glassfibre bodywork was completely redesigned with far less rounded lines, when engines of either 125cc or 150cc were being fitted. However, by this stage, the life-cycle of the Avolette was virtually spent, and survivors of either generation are very few.
- Engine: single-cylinder, 125cc or 150cc or 250cc, from various suppliers
- Wheelbase: 1,540 mm (61 in)
- Length: 2,710 mm (106.7 in)
- Width: 1,420 mm (55.9 in)
- Height: 1,210 mm (47.6 in) (with top)
- Maximum speed: 62 mph (100 km/h)
- Fuel consumption: 94mpg (2.5 l/100 km)
- Body: fiberglass
- Chassis: steel tube