1922 Mors Torpedo,
Lot 573
1922 Mors 30 HP Torpédo deux places Engine no. 26104
Sold for €48,300 (US$ 63,345) inc. premium
Lot Details
1922 Mors 30 HP Torpédo deux places
Engine no. 26104
Mors, fondée à la fin du xixe siècle par Emile Mors, fut au début du siècle suivant une des marques françaises parmi les plus importantes avec une réputation forgée par ses succès en compétition. La marque s'engagea en effet très tôt dans les grandes courses et en 1901, son pilote Henri Fournier gagna Paris-Berlin et Paris-Bordeaux au volant d'une Mors quatre cylindres. La société survécut en frôlant la faillite en 1908 et prospéra de nouveau sous la direction d'André Citroën appelé pour la réorganiser. Des moteurs sans soupapes type Knight fourni par Minerva furent adoptés à partir de 1913 et généralisés sur toute la gamme après la Grande Guerre. Malheureusement, Mors déclina irrémédiablement et la firme fut mise en liquidation en 1925, son usine de Paris étant reprise par Citroën.

Cette Mors dotée d'un moteur à quatre cylindres délivrant 30 ch est d'un type qui participa brillamment aux épreuves du début des années 1920. Décrite comme étant en bon état, mais longtemps exposée dans un musée, la voiture habillée d'une réplique de carrosserie torpédo comporte une abondance d'accessoires en cuivre, caractéristique jugée charmante de nos jours, mais considérée déjà en son temps comme désuète.

1922 Mors 30hp Two-Seat Torpedo
Engine no. 26104

Mors, founded at the end of the 19th Century by Émile Mors, was one of France's most prominent makes of the Edwardian era, having forged its reputation in the heat of competition. The company participated in many events in its early years and in 1901 Henri Fournier won both the prestigious Paris-Berlin and Paris-Bordeaux long-distance races driving a four-cylinder Mors. The company survived near bankruptcy in 1908 and began to prosper again under the management of André Citroën, who had been brought in to sort out the mess. Knight-type sleeve-valve engines, supplied by Minerva, were adopted from 1913 and would power all Mors motor cars after The Great War. Sadly, by this time Mors' star was fading fast and in 1925 the company went into liquidation, its factory in Paris being taken over by Citroën.

This Mors, with its four-cylinder engine producing 30 horsepower, is of a type that featured prominently in the popular races of the early 1920s. Described as in good condition, although having been on long-term museum display, the car is fitted with a a very attractive replica torpedo body. and is noteworthy for an abundance of decorative copper, a feature regarded as charming today but which made it look rather dated at the time.
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