Rare Trike Oddity: 1956 Poirier Voiturette Monoto XW5

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This 1956 Poirier Voiturette Monoto XW5 (chassis 1555) was recently unloaded from a collector in Belgium, making the big trip across the Atlantic just a few months ago. It’s further said to have been taken off the road some ten years ago, but is also reported to have run a few times a year since then. Reportedly, only a few thousand of these were ever produced, filling a niche for cheap, reliable city transportation for average citizens of a recovering post-war France. Find this one here on eBay in Johns Island, South Carolina with reserve not met.

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The patina on this interesting trike is just about perfect, and it’d be ideal to leave it as-is. Apart from the worn olive paint and a few small dings, the tub looks pretty solid, and we can’t seem to spot any heavily rusted areas. A couple of notable features include drum brakes at all three corners and a prominent hand-operated gearshift lever. The windscreen isn’t currently fitted, but fortunately is included.

Other Makes Poirier XW5 | eBay

The rear jump seat folds up and out of the way to allow access to the 5 HP 125cc Ydral two-stroke single, and outward appearances suggest it should be a dead-simple unit to wrench on. It hasn’t been started since brought over to the US, so current running condition isn’t known.

Other Makes Poirier XW5 | eBay

A cool period advertisement shows that the trike was equipped for the road with a windshield, mirrors, and warning lights.

Other Makes Poirier XW5 | eBay

It’s difficult to imagine a more interesting (or geeky) runabout for in-town duties, though a scarf, leather helmet, and goggles would pretty much be mandatory to complete the look.

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