1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627

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1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine
Registration no. CC 169 Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627

Sold for £ 67,500 (US$ 87,232) inc. premium
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine
Registration no. CC 169
Chassis no. 582
Engine no. 627

Footnotes

  • Unlike so many of his contemporaries who entered the infant motor industry from existing engineering businesses, Marius Berliet was a simple, self-taught mechanic who began work in the silk-weaving industry before joining his father in his business making accessories for the clothing trade. After attending engineering night classes he built his first somewhat disastrous car as early as 1894 and persisted in his endeavours, despite lack of capital, through that decade. Finally obtaining backing from Alfred Giraud, he set up his own small factory in Lyons and in 1901, assisted by engineer Pierre Desgouttes, he designed a quite successful and well-engineered, four cylinder, 22hp car of which it is thought about 100 examples were built. Further expansion saw a wider range of models in production by 1904, his larger offerings following very much Mercedes influence. Good fortune came in 1905 when he sold a licence to build Berliet-designed cars to Albert J.Pitkin of the American Locomotive Co., at the same time agreeing to supply major chassis components. The 1906 40hp Berliet was superbly engineered and expensive and the buyer of this car would be a person of some financial substance who could afford the most exquisite coachwork, the interior reflecting in no small way the extravagance and creature comforts of contemporary first class railway carriages.

    Although the early history of this car is not clear or fully recorded, correspondence on file records purchase in from Patrizia Reggiani of Milan in 1981, that note further stating the car ‘has been stored and unused for many years’. In 1982 it was briefly in the hands of English enthusiast John Wilkins from whom Veteran Car Club stalwart Austin Parkinson acquired it in 1982. A most careful restoration was embarked upon during that ownership, retaining originality wherever possible, coachwork being entrusted to James Pearce and re-liverying to W.Kier of Aldershot. In 1986 the car was officially dated 1906 by The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain and Dating Certificate No. 1691 issued. The car subsequently joined the collection of John Tanner, sharing the motor house with a magnificent 1904 40hp Berliet tourer, before joining the late owner’s collection as the ‘flagship’ Edwardian.

    This quite magnificent 40hp, four cylinder, double chain drive limousine is a delightfully mellowed restoration which will benefit from light cosmetic attention, with coachwork presented in maroon livery with black mouldings and varnished wooden artillery wheels. It is superbly and extravagantly equipped, driving accessories including Phare Ducellier acetylene headlamps and oil side lamps, matching Duco rear view mirrors, chauffeur’s speaking tube, Oldfield Dependence oil rear lamps and a two piece opening windscreen. Passenger comforts include buttoned black leather front seats with cloth to the rear, trimmed with fine pasting lace. Bevelled glass windows to the rear drop down railway carriage-style, sliding grab slings provide further comforts, two occasional fold-away rear seats give that extra passenger capacity, two roof lights are a rare luxury in such an early car and the foot-warmer is an essential accessory for the colder day. The roof luggage rack provides for the longer journey. The dashboard is superbly equipped with accessories including Systeme Berliet Dubrulle oilers, O.S. speedometer/mileometer, S.Smith & Sons Motor Aneroid Barometer, A Doxa 8-day clock and Berliet petrol pressure gauge. No excuse at all for the chauffeur of this Edwardian to ignore what is going on!

    This fine, powerful and stately French Edwardian was last MOT’d in 2008 and comes with a Swansea V5 registration document, VCC dating certificate, some correspondence from previous ownership, copies of some restoration bills/correspondence and copies of interesting early Berliet literature.
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
1906 Berliet 40hp 6.3 litre Open Drive Limousine  Chassis no. 582 Engine no. 627
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