1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar  Chassis no. TC118725425 Engine no. 27571
Lot 327
1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar Chassis no. TC118725425 Engine no. 27571
Sold for £8,050 (US$ 13,398) inc. premium
Auction Details
1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar  Chassis no. TC118725425 Engine no. 27571 1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar  Chassis no. TC118725425 Engine no. 27571 1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar  Chassis no. TC118725425 Engine no. 27571 1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar  Chassis no. TC118725425 Engine no. 27571 1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar  Chassis no. TC118725425 Engine no. 27571 1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar  Chassis no. TC118725425 Engine no. 27571 1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar  Chassis no. TC118725425 Engine no. 27571
Lot Details
1922 Charron Charronette Cyclecar
Registration no. SV 9212
Chassis no. TC118725425
Engine no. 27571

Footnotes

  • The Charron marque took its name from Fernand Charron, the 'C' in CGV. Established at Puteaux, Seine in 1901, CGV took its initials from those of its three founders, the others being Léonce Girardot and Émile Voigt, all of whom had been successful racing drivers for Panhard. Of the trio, Charron had enjoyed the greatest success, winning the Marseilles-Nice and Paris-Amsterdam-Paris races in 1898 as well as the inaugural Gordon Bennett Cup of 1901. Prior to the foundation of CGV, Charron and Girardot had been partners in a Panhard dealership and CGV's first automobiles were designed along similar lines, albeit noticeably lower-slung.

    CGV soon acquired a reputation for quality and an equally distinguished clientele, which included the King of Portugal, various lesser European royals and members of the British aristocracy. It was imported into the USA and sold there as the 'American CGV' while a limited number were actually assembled in New York and delivered with locally built coachwork. Despite CGV's success, the partnership was in crisis: Girardot and Voigt left to pursue other projects and from 1907 the cars were badged as 'Charron', continuing as such when Fernand Charron left to join Clément-Bayard in 1908.

    Rescued by financier Davison Dalziel and now nominally a British company, although its factory remained at Puteaux, Automobiles Charron Ltd offered a range featuring Renault-style dashboard radiators for 1909, by which time most models had shaft drive. An important addition to the range for 1914 was the Charronette cyclecar. Produced initially with an 845cc four-cylinder engine, it gained a 1,057cc unit and front-mounted radiator after WWI. Although the Charronette was relatively successful, the firm's larger models fared less well and by 1930 Charron was no longer in business.

    Displaying a wonderful patina, this charming French light car runs and drives well by the standards of its day; the only known fault concerns reverse gear, which does not engage. The car is offered with an original sales brochure, Swansea V5C document and a complete spare engine (albeit one with a porous block) to be collected from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire after the sale.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Rob Hubbard
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 5805
    FaxFax: + 44 20 7468 5802