1929 Berliet 1.8 litre Super Six Saloon Registration no. SV 8177 Chassis no. VIHF63507 Engine no. 65100 1261
Based in Lyons, Marius Berliet was a pioneer in the French motor industry, building his first car in 1895 and continuing in motor car production until 1939. By 1902 he was building substantial cars, influenced by Mercedes, and later in that decade Berliets were built under licence in America by The American Locomotive Company. After the end of the 1914-18 hostilities Berliet focused on the middle range car market and their products reflected some American influence. The 14/40 Six, introduced in 1927, featured a six-cylinder, 1.8 litre, side-valve engine and production of six-cylinder motor cars continued until 1932.
This extremely rare right-hand drive car was imported from France by the present owner, having previously been the personal car of the proprietor of Durées Transport Museum in Paris. Built to a particularly high specification, equipment includes Cibie headlights and auxiliary driving lights, typically French amber rear quarter lights, sun visor, radiator calormeter, a most practical Malle Coquille metal rear trunk, two blade front bumper and rear quarter bumpers and dummy pram irons. The interior is snugly furnished with restored cloth upholstery to the seats and high quality Jaeger instrumentation. The chassis sits on wooden artillery wheels, an original but rather anachronistic feature. Upon importation to the U.K. the vendor passed the car to well-known Yorkshire vintage car restorers, Briardale Workshops at Malton, for full recommissioning and preparation for road use. A detailed bill showing work carried out is available on file. Since restoration the car has been used regularly but sparingly, attending local shows and has proved its reliability with performance that would please its manufacturers.
This distinctive and quintessentially French vintage motor car is smartly presented in yellow and black livery and is offered with a Swansea registration document, French Certificate dImmatriculation, current U.K. MoT certificate and road fund licence to July 2007.