Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921
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Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921
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Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921
Benz 10/30 PS châssis roulant (voir texte) c.1921
Châssis n° 9A315
Moteur n° 25257

Pionnier de l'époque héroïque de l'automobile, Karl Benz, fils d'un mécanicien de locomotive, construisit son premier véhicule à moteur – un tricycle à moteur monocylindre – en 1885 après des années d'expérimentations avec des moteurs à gaz. En janvier 1886, Benz devint le premier titulaire d'une brevet couvrant une « automobile ». Benz se développa en produisant des voitures fiables et confortables, ne perdant du terrain face à Daimler qu'au début des années 1900. À cette période, les voitures Mercedes de cette dernière marque dépassaient les Benz en qualité de conception comme en performances, situation à laquelle Benz remédia au moyen d'une nouvelle gamme de modèles à quatre cylindres qui allaient soutenir l'activité de la firme pendant de nombreuses années et servir de base à des types de course très performants.

Au moment de publier ce catalogue, il n'a pas été possible d'identifier avec certitude la Benz proposée ici qui devrait être un type 10/30 PS datant d'environ 1921. Ce modèle lancé en 1912 sous l'appellation 10/25 PS, était propulsé par un moteur à quatre cylindres et soupapes latérales de 2, 6 litres et une boîte à quatre rapports. On sait que cet exemplaire a été transformé jadis en véhicule de pompiers. Vendu « à restaurer » - et base d'une future belle torpédo – cet exemplaire de la période Vintage d'une des marques pionnières d'une grande importance historique est accompagné de documents d'immatriculation portugais.

Sans réserve

c.1921 Benz 10/30 PS Rolling Chassis (see text)
Chassis no. 9A315
Engine no. 25257

One of the heroic figures of motoring's pioneering age, Karl Benz, the son of a railway mechanic, built his first powered vehicle - a single-cylinder tricycle - in 1885 following years of experimentation with gas engines. In January 1886 Benz became the first man to be granted a patent for an 'automobile'. Benz flourished by producing reliable and comfortable cars, only losing ground to Daimler in the early 1900s. By this time the latter's Mercedes cars had outstripped Benz's in both design and performance, a situation Benz rectified with a new range of four-cylinder models that would stand the company in good stead for many years and form the basis of some highly successful racers.

At time of cataloguing it had not been possible positively to identify the Benz offered here, which is believed to be a 10/30 PS model dating from circa 1921. This model was first introduced in 1912 as the 10/25 PS and was powered by a 2.6-litre, four-cylinder, sidevalve engine driving via a four-speed gearbox. We are advised that this example was converted into a fire tender at some time. Offered for restoration – it would make an excellent open tourer - this Vintage-era example of one of the world's most historic brands comes with Portuguese registration papers.

No reserve

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  • We are pleased to say this lot also includes three instruments/gauges and original Portuguese registration document.
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