Founded in Strasbourg in 1898, Mathis built only a handful of prototypes in its early years, subsequently manufacturing Ettore Bugatti's Hermes designs around 1904-1905 before introducing its first 'own-design' production car in 1910. The latter was a conventional 2-litre, four-cylinder sidevalve but Emile Mathis' reputation would be founded on a range of much smaller cars, commencing with the 1,132cc Babylette and 1,300cc Baby. Mathis continued to introduce larger models after WWI but it was the success of his light cars that enabled the company to claim fourth place among French manufacturers by the mid-1920s behind Renault, Citroën and Peugeot. One of the earliest embodiments of the currently fashionable 'microcar' concept, this charming two-seater 'coach' is powered by a 1,132cc four-cylinder sidevalve engine and - like all Mathis products - has a four-speed gearbox. The car formed part of an important Swiss private collection for many years before being re-commissioned and acquired by celebrated collector, the late Terry Cohn, in May 1999. (The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile (Volume 2, page 972) contains a picture of an apparently identical Mathis 8/15, which may be this actual car). Of right-hand drive, the car has a single door (on the passenger side), set-back passenger seat, sliding side windows and side-mounted spare wheel on the offside, and is attractively finished in dark green with black wings and Burgundy fabric interior. While in Terry Cohn's ownership, the car was mechanically restored by RAS Services, Fleet and Malcolm Collinson, Farnham. Terry Cohn sold the Mathis to a Mr M Bell in the Isle of Man who then sold it via Sussex Sports cars to the current owner, VSCC stalwart and highly respected motoring journalist, Ronald 'Steady' Barker. 'Steady' has used the car infrequently since purchasing it in August 2010, a solitary light car rally being the only significant outing. A recent test drive revealed that the Mathis was easy to start and surprisingly sporty for a Vintage-era light car, possessing good brakes and an easy-to-use gearbox. Benefiting from relined brakes and clutch plus works to replace the kingpins, bushes, shackles and rebuild the front axle undertaken by specialists, Thornley Kelham of South Cerney. A new 6 volt battery has also been fitted recently. This rare and charismatic French miniature is ready to be enjoyed in company with the VSCC's Light Car and Edwardian Section. The car is offered with sundry bills, recently expired MoT (March 2012 and Swansea V5C document.