1914 Vinot et Deguingand Type AO 15/20hp Limousine  Chassis no. 16379 Engine no. 4352

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Lot 142
1914 Vinot et Deguingand Type AO 15/20hp Limousine
Registration no. Not U.K. registered Chassis no. 16379 Engine no. 4352

Sold for £ 18,400 (US$ 23,331) inc. premium
1914 Vinot et Deguingand Type AO 15/20hp Limousine
Registration no. Not U.K. registered
Chassis no. 16379
Engine no. 4352

Footnotes

  • Société des Anciens Ateliers Vinot & Deguingand traded from 29 Quai National at Puteaux sur-Seine, commencing motor manufacture as early as 1901. In 1905 a Vinot et Deguingand participated in the very first Tourist Trophy Race on the Isle of Man where it showed a very respectable turn of speed, running not far behind Percy Northey’s Rolls-Royce and Napier’s Arrol-Johnston. The company enjoyed modest success in limited competition but their products were highly acclaimed in general use. In 1909 Vinot et Deguingand took over Gladiator and Gladiator manufacture moved from Pré-St.Gervais to Puteaux. This saw a rationalisation of models, Gladiator and Vinot de Deguingand being effectively badge-engineered. Although the company continued to participate mildly in motor sport, entering the Coupe de L’Auto in 1913 with a 3-litre model, it was their conventional four-cylinder, monobloc-engined cars which contributed to the balance sheet. The 15/20hp model had a bore and stroke of 80mm x 130mm, displacing 2.6-litres – a purposeful car indeed. This engine drove via a cone clutch to a four-speed gearbox, with final drive by shaft. In chassis form for the 1914/15 season it sold in England for £375. English agents were Vinot Cars Ltd. of Great Portland Street, London.

    This 15/20hp car carries saloon coachwork, so rarely seen on medium-sized cars in Edwardian times. This car was acquired for the Collection in 1999, with much restoration work already completed, including the beige cloth interior. Particular attention should be paid to the high quality fittings, including railway carriage-type windows and magnificent woodwork detail throughout the interior. Note also the practical map pockets and the car also has mounting stubs for occasional seats in the rear, although those seats are missing. The opening windscreen is by P Morin & Co. of Suresnes and the car retains its original scarce Berguil carburettor. The chassis number stamped on the front dumb iron, 4352, corresponds with the engine number. The car has been repainted in the then fashionable vertical yellow and green stripes – sometimes curiously known as Dutch Pink.

    Further restoration and recommissioning will be required but here is an extremely worthwhile project, the end result being a very manageable, relatively compact and weather-proof Edwardian.
1914 Vinot et Deguingand Type AO 15/20hp Limousine  Chassis no. 16379 Engine no. 4352
1914 Vinot et Deguingand Type AO 15/20hp Limousine  Chassis no. 16379 Engine no. 4352
1914 Vinot et Deguingand Type AO 15/20hp Limousine  Chassis no. 16379 Engine no. 4352
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