KLester wrote:so out of the mk1's which years are the best?
Well, there are not too many changes: the chrome tank carries the instrument panel up to and including 1949; it keeps its chrome and panel for 1950 but the speedo moves to the fork crown. Up to now, the SQ4 has the prewar rear mudguard with the hinged tail and a valenced front mudguard with a sheet metal number plate; 1950 marks the arrival of the kidney shaped toolbox, replacing the prewar triangular shape. In '51 the tank loses its chrome, being replaced with the all-maroon paint, the rear mudguard changed to a one piece lift up design and the cast aluminium front number plate arrives. In 52 its just the same but the BA gearbox is replaced with a GB; 53 is the last year of the Mk1 and the first year of the Mk2, as they were sold alongside each other for a while.
That's about it I think. There were very few engine changes to the Mk1 - though I think two versions of the Solex were in use. There's a rear lamp change in there somewhere, between the MT211, the MT1130 and the 480...
There's a three part detailed history in Cheval, November 2016 onwards.
As to the best one - notwithstanding the contents of my garage, I think the speedo-in-chrome-tank 1949 model is the best looker.