And there are no tracks or slots to confine the car, it is FREE moving left and right and speeds up/slows down by your use of the column shifter, just like in a real car! As you drive, your progress is tracked on the backglass. The object is to drive all the way from the Eiffel Tower (at the top center) to cities throughout France in a clockwise motion until you hopefully reach the Tower again, but that is VERY hard to do!
This is an amazing machine and will REALLY draw everyone to it, including yourself! It's just a lot of fun to DRIVE. Needless to say, if you've been wanting to add an actual driving machine from the 60s to your gameroom, you know how hard they can be to find.
But I kept the best news for last, this machine is FULLY WORKING and can be enjoyed from the moment you get it home! Although this machine is technically mechanically unshopped by me, it is working GREAT! Insert a coin, select your course length, and PLAY! It doesnt get any easier or any better than that!
This is one machine that I can REALLY guarantee will be getting a LOT of attention and use. Being an EM machine, Ill stop short of saying that everything is working 100% correctly all of the time, but every time I play, it is working great. Lets say it is working 99%+ so we can take into account an occasional glitch.But you will be hard pressed to notice any problems, it is working GREAT! And with the overall VERY nice cosmetics, this machine can be placed in any prominent location in your home. The original backglass is in excellent condition.
There are a couple VERY small nicks/chips in spots, but none that you will even see unless you REALLY look for them. The red colors are a little bit faded, but again, not real bad. This glass is VERY colorful and has a LOT of graphics!
There are GREAT race car graphics throughout along with other cars and even a motorcycle. As mentioned, there are cities of France named around the perimeter of the center graphic of the country of France. In the center your penalties/infractions are counted on the score reels. Outside of that inner circle, a timer rotates during the game from the top center in a clockwise motion. Depending on which game mode you choose (tour, sport, or competition) you get a set amount of time to drive.The arrow graphics around the outside rate your skill when the game ends. The Red Cross graphic in the upper left lights when you have an accident or are taken to the hospital or cause someone else to be taken to the hospital! While just short of perfect, it is about as close to perfect as you could ever hope to find. No disappointments with this glass.
The roadway/playfield is also in excellent/near mint shape. The belt that acts as the roadway is a roll of heavy plastic that includes the roadway, oncoming traffic, and graphics everywhere. The colors are outstanding, nice and bright with no sign of any fading. The diecast car is in great condition, too.
It looks like the doors and hood can open, so Im guessing it was an actual toy that was manufactured. It is just over 4 long and 1.5 wide, attached to a wire that runs across the playfield.
As you steer, the car moves along that wire from left to right. As you accelerate, the roadway belt turns faster to make it appear the car is going faster, but in actuality, the car is stationary other than moving left and right as you steer. The original playfield glass is on the machine and includes its original painted out borders to cover the outsides of the roadway belt. The front of the machine is made to look like the dashboard of a car with the coin insert slot on the left and the course option buttons on the right.As mentioned, the gear shift lever is in the form of a column shifter attached to the steering wheel and moves up and down through the forward gears. This is a GREAT touch to make sure you know you are playing a driving game! The steering wheel is over 15.5 in diameter. It is metal and does have cracks in the metal on each side and at the hub, but they are only cracks and dont go all the way through the metal. The wheel is strong and secure.
I was going to have them welded tight as added protection but never got around to it. Even though its cracked, it has no operating issues.Game play is centered around driving your animated car along the moving roadway. You control its left and right movement with the steering wheel and you control the speed with the column shifter. The top position is to stop the car, and it moves down through first, second, and third gears, with each one making the car travel faster.
After you insert your coin, select your course by means of the three buttons on the right. Tour (3 minutes game time,) Sport (2.5 minutes,) or Competition 2 minutes. Your time is tracked on the backglass by means of a rotating arrow that runs in a clockwise direction. Once you start, it rolls back the playfield belt to the start while the lit cities on the backglass unlight as you move back to the Eiffel Towers starting spot. The object is to drive correctly as fast as you can over the roadway to try and complete the loop through France on the backglass.
But that is MUCH easier said than done! Make sure you keep your car on the right side of the road because if you cross a solid yellow line, you just made an infraction and get a penalty.The game stops as punishment for your violation while time continues to tick away! As you proceed, your progress is tracked on the backglass with your lit cities continuing to move along the path. The roadway graphics include traffic signals that you need to stop for if they are red (and they do change from red to green,) no passing and passing zones, curbs that you cant hit, and many other obstacles!
There are pedestrians that cross the road that you need to stop for, cow crossings, motorcycles and cars that you need to avoid, work zones to avoid, bicycle riders, one way streets, and the list goes on and on. As you hit something and get a penalty, youre biggest negative is that you lose time to drive further since it makes you stop while the timer continues.
Your penalties are counted on the backglass but honestly, they really dont mean anything, I dont think. You want to achieve as much progress as you can. Once your time is up, your game is over and you lose control of the car until you insert another coin! See how far you got by looking at the scoreboard backglass! This game definitely tests your reflexes, timing, and hand-eye coordination!
Even just lit and sitting in a corner, the "look" of this machine is FANTASTIC and is sure to draw a lot of attention since it looks like a car! The cabinet is in real nice shape. It has formica panels on all sides with stainless steel/chrome trim strips along all edges. There are some minor nicks/chips in the formica surfaces but nothing real bad.
The original painted graphics are still in place. There are some noticeable nicks/chips and missing paint in the graphics, but nothing horrible.Since the original design and colors are in place, you could easily repaint them and they will literally look like new. The front panels/door have their original one franc bezel in place and coin return cup. The backside of the coin door does have its coin mech in place. There is a lock/key in place on the coin door. The rear backbox door is missing but would be easy to replace with plain plywood, if you wanted. Nothing is affected by it not being there. The machine is 5'-11 tall in the back, 2'-6.75 wide, and about 5-2 deep.
For transport, the four original steel tube legs can be removed, as can the backbox. My preference is to work with a company that provides door to door service which handles all of the wrapping, loading, and hauling. Calling all collectors of the 1960's machines!
You may not have another opportunity for a Rallye France. I know I have never seen another one, but knowing that there MUST be others has to make me wonder when the next one may surface. Either way, this is a great opportunity to add a RARE machine to your EM arcade collection. Remember, it is PLUG & PLAY! Get it home and start to enjoy playing it rather than working on it.
I keep saying it, but if I had unlimited time, unlimited display space, and unlimited funds, I would probably never sell another machine. But since none of those ifs are true, my loss can be your gain. Honestly, as with a lot of the machines that I sell, I hope it can go to a true lover of arcade machines who can enjoy playing it.
For cool and classic animated EM arcade machines, you can't do much better than Rallye France. A few other machines from this era may match it on the cool meter, but none surpass it, in my opinion.Actually DRIVE a scale model car on the roadway (playfield) controlling its left/right movement and speed! Very, very cool concept and even MORE cool in actuality. Trust me, I could go on and on about the virtues of this machine, but I've said enough. If you follow EM arcade machines, you probably know all about it without my dribble. The only other thing to say is that this is your opportunity to add a seldom-seen, if ever, FUN animated driving arcade machine to your gameroom and collection that is 53 years old! OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY! The item "1964 Rally Rallye France Animated Driving Arcade Machine FULLY WORKING & NICE" is in sale since Thursday, March 22, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Arcade, Jukeboxes & Pinball\Arcade Gaming\Non-Video Arcade Machines". The seller is "59redvette" and is located in Woodstock, Illinois. This item can be shipped to United States.