1926 Ballot 2LTS Lagache-Glazmann-style Tourer  Chassis no. 3256 Engine no. 47632

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Lot 681
1926 Ballot 2LTS Lagache-Glazmann-style Tourer
Registration no. YO 7665 Chassis no. 3256 Engine no. 47632

Sold for £ 24,150 (US$ 31,562) inc. premium
1926 Ballot 2LTS Lagache-Glazmann-style Tourer
Registration no. YO 7665
Chassis no. 3256
Engine no. 47632
A former marine engineer, Ernest Ballot founded his company in Paris in 1910 to manufacture engines for automobiles and stationary use. By 1919 Ballot was producing complete chassis incorporating exotic, twin-cam, multi-valve engines designed for racing. As well as the French, Italian and Spanish Grands Prix, Ballot entered the Targa Florio and Indianapolis 500, winning several events with spectacular performances. However, these racers were expensive and had a limited market, so from 1921 a 2LS road car was offered, based on the 2-litre four-cylinder racer, boasting twin overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. From this, Ballot developed the 2LT and 2LTS single-cam models. Introduced in 1924 and known as the ‘Touring Sport’, the 2LTS boasted a tuned engine, freer revving than the standard tourer’s, that produced 60bhp. A stronger gearbox and transmission also was provided.
An advanced, high performance design incorporating front wheel brakes, the 2LTS was offered with a variety of coachbuilt bodies from saloon to two-seater sports. The Lagache-Glazmann-style four-seat open tourer offered here also features on the Profile Publications front cover. First registered on 10th June 1926 and sold from the Ballot showroom in Chiswick, it was originally supplied with saloon body. Completely restored with no expense spared over a period of 10 years, the car was finished in 2000 at a cost of £51,871 (invoices available). As a concession to modern driving conditions, but easily removable if desired, four exterior but discreet hydraulic brake cylinders have been added to the original system, providing much improved braking. A glorious vintage sports tourer showing immense flair and style, ‘YO 7665’ attended the Louis Vuitton concours at Hurlingham in 2000.
The car was acquired by the present owner at Bonhams & Brooks’ Summer Vintage Sale at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu on 26th July 2001 (Lot 540). Subsequently fitted with a new clutch, it has seen little use since. The vehicle is offered with old-style logbook (1936), VSCC Blue Form, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5.
1926 Ballot 2LTS Lagache-Glazmann-style Tourer  Chassis no. 3256 Engine no. 47632
1926 Ballot 2LTS Lagache-Glazmann-style Tourer  Chassis no. 3256 Engine no. 47632
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