1919 Sigma 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1340 Engine no. 27992

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Lot 614
1919 Sigma 10hp Tourer
Registration no. 76 JTA Chassis no. 1340 Engine no. 27992

Sold for £ 8,625 (US$ 11,864) inc. premium
1919 Sigma 10hp Tourer
Registration no. 76 JTA
Chassis no. 1340
Engine no. 27992

Footnotes

  • Société des Automobiles Sigma existed as a motor manufacturer between 1913 and 1928 at Levallois-Perret, Seine, France. Sigma chassis were manufactured by Malicet et Blin and the firm used mainly Ballot and SCAP engines. Messrs Gaston Ltd, of Great Portland Street, London were British agents for Sigma, whose new 10hp car was featured extensively in the 13th December 1919 edition of The Autocar, which remarked on the pre-war Sigma’s workmanlike appearance and reputation for speed in relation to its size. ‘The present Sigma carries on the tradition of its predecessor, and is designed for the use of motorists who require a small car of sporting appearance and a considerable range of speed,’ declared Britain’s foremost motoring journal. ‘Typically French, the machine is built to stand that combination of continuous speed and rough gear handling invariably meted out to small cars on the Continent, where a successful chassis must be endowed with the ability to bear with full throttle for long periods of time and to withstand the effect of that speed over execrable pavé.’ An advanced design for its day, the Sigma Ten was powered by a 1,592cc Ballot sidevalve ‘four’ to which the four-speed gearbox was directly bolted. This ensemble was mounted in a channel-section chassis while other noteworthy features included an open prop-shaft and Hotchkiss drive rear axle; semi-elliptic springing all round; electric starter and lighting; and adjustable steering wheel and control pedals.
    This rare Sigma Tourer can claim to have played a minor supporting role in recent British politics, having been used to transport the Rt Hon Tony Blair, MP around his Sedgefield constituency during the 1983 election campaign (photograph available). Right-hand drive, like many French cars of its day, this original and unrestored vehicle is only offered for sale due to the advancing years of its owner, who advises us that it has seen little use of late and thus will require a certain amount of knowledgeable re-commissioning before further use. The car is offered with Swansea V5 registration document, (copy) Autocar article and sundry invoices, including one for a new hood and other repairs in November 1998 costing £3,200.
1919 Sigma 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1340 Engine no. 27992
1919 Sigma 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1340 Engine no. 27992
1919 Sigma 10hp Tourer  Chassis no. 1340 Engine no. 27992
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