SPAIN. Thermal ATM issues  2OO2 T60 (68)
Historic motorbikes (4). Motobecane B-44, 1930 (MMC-Hervás)
Date of issue :
February 2002  (1st know date : 21.02.02)
47 x 27 mm. - Format type 2
Paper :
Thermal self adhesive - multicoloured 
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 values P.S.: 0,20-0,25-0,50 €
Design and Printer :
RCM-FNMT. Real Casa de la Moneda - Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
Printing :
50.000.000 of labels
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Fourth issue of the ATM set dedicated to the historical motorcycles ; In this case dedicated to one of the most important French manufacturers, MOTOBECANE and their model B-44 with sidecar of 1930, 4-stroke machine of 350 cc. 

It was known as "moto of the doctors", because it was used by many rural doctors in France for their displacements during years ' 20 and ' 30.

At the beginning of 20's, Charles Benoit and Abel Bardin worked in S.I.C.A.M. (Société Industrielle de Construction d’Automobiles et de Moteurs).
In 1923 they created the Motobécane mark ; the following year it appears the first motorcycle, the MB1 with 2-stroke monocylinder engine of 175 cc. 

In 1926 they create a parallel mark, Motoconfort with which commercializes a new model, the 308
Motobécane diversifies its production and in the following years they appear new models and engines ; the Block B will be the first own motor of 4 cylinders with versions between 175 and 500 cc.

This block will be replaced from 1934 with new series S (sport) and R (route). 

With the war the production is reoriented towards the small engines and in 1945 it appears the D45.
But the great success of the mark arrived in 1949 with the famous Mobylette, with a production of 14 million unit in his different versions.


In the following years they appear new models ; the 125-LT in 1969, 350 and 500 cc. of three cylinders in 1973, ... The company broke in 1981 and, acquired in 1983 by the Japanese Yamaha, it continues the production under new mark MBK.

The ATM image show the reproduction of a motorbike in the Museo de la Moto Clásica (MMC) de Hervás (Cáceres) - Classic Motorbike Museum in Hervás, Cáceres, Spain.

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