1899 Georges Richard Type A, Chassis no. 5

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Lot 285
1899 Georges Richard Type A,
Chassis no. 5

Sold for € 66,700 (US$ 74,930) inc. premium
1899 Georges Richard Type A

Chassis no. 5
Moteur de Dion Bouton 3Cv - monocylindre, refroidi par air, 785 cm3
Alésage/course : 95 x100 mm

C'est en 1896, que Georges Richard, fabricant de bicyclette, fonde la ''Société des Anciens Etablissements Georges Richard'', pour la fabrication d'Automobiles, qui furent connues son le nom de « Trèfle a quatre feuilles », cet industriel ayant choisi le Trèfle comme marque de fabrique.

Il commence par produire des voitures de 2, ¾ cv, équipées d'un bicylindre Benz, qui importées en Angleterre furent pilotées dans les principales manifestations sportives de l'époque par Georges Richard et son frère Max.
En 1899 est inaugurée à Ivry-Port une nouvelle usine, et en 1901, Georges Richard s'associe à Henri Brasier et la société fabrique des automobiles portant la marque ''Richard Brasier'' jusqu'en 1905.

Fruit de la collaboration de Georges Richard avec Henri Brassier, ces voitures restaient célèbres a cause de leur fulgurante carrière sportive, et notamment en 1905 sur le circuit d'Auvergne, leur victoire dans la Coupe Gordon Bennett.

La première voiture construite était une petite voiture de même lige que la Benz dont elle empruntait le moteur. Certains autres exemplaires dès 1899 étaient équipés d'un monocylindre De Dion Bouton, refroidi par air, 3 vitesses et transmission par courroie, alimentée par un carburateur à pulvérisation système Georges Richard.

Petite et légère, la Georges Richard présentée est entre les mains du même propriétaire depuis mars 1963. Nous avons eu le plaisir de participer à certaines randonnées comme celle de « Paris Rouen » et apprécier combien elle fonctionnait, et roulait sans problèmes.

Au cours de nombreuses sorties on a pu admirer, outre son fonctionnement, sa jolie carrosserie en bois, ailes et capot métalliques, montées sur un châssis tubulaire avec son siège 2 places à dossier soutenu par des colonnettes au dessin particulièrement réussi.
Pour son bon fonctionnement, il a été ajouté au moteur un ventilateur à air pulsé et pour son utilisation nocturne, elle a été équipée d'une très belle paire de lanternes à pétrole Auteroche

Bien entendu, ce véhicule est admissible dans les épreuves réservées aux « ancêtres » tel le grand rassemblement international ''Londres-Brigton''.

Carte grise normale

Dion Bouton 3 bhp engine – single-cylinder, air cooled, 785 cc
Bore/stroke : 95 x100 mm


In 1896, Georges Richard, a bicycle manufacturer, founded the Société des Anciens Etablissements Georges Richard to manufacture automobiles which were known under the name of the Four Leafed Clover, the manufacturer having chosen the Clover as the trade mark.

He began by producing cars of 2 ¾ bhp, equipped by a two-cylinder Benz engine which, imported into England, were driven in the first sporting shows of the epoque by Georges Richard and his brother Max.

In 1899 a new factory was established in Ivry-Port and in 1901, Georges Richard went into partnership with Henri Brasier and the company manufactured automobiles bearing the Richard Brasier marquee until 1905.

The fruit of the collaboration between Georges Richard and Henri Brassier, these cars remained celebrated because of their dazzling sporting career, in particular in 1905 on the Auvergne circuit with their victory in the Gordon Bennett Cup.

The first car built was a small car along the same lines as the Benz from which it borrowed the engine. Some other examples since 1899 were equipped with a single-cylinder De Dion Bouton engine, air cooled, three-speed gearbox and belt-driven transmission, fed by a Georges Richard carburetor fuel distibution system.

Small and light, the Georges Richard presented has been owned by the same owner since March 1963. We have had the pleasure of taking part in some trips, such as the Paris–Rouen trip and have had the opportunity to assess how it goes: it drives without any problems.

It has been possible on numerous outings to admire its operation and its pretty bodywork in wood, its metal wings and hood mounted on a tubular chassis with its 2 seater seat with backrest support of spacer studs in a particularly successful design.

For effective running, the engine gained the addition of an air driven fan and for night use it was equipped with a very beautiful pair of Auteroche paraffin oil lights.

This vehicle can certainly be entered in the trials for "ancestral" vehicles such as the international London–Brighton rally.

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1899 Georges Richard Type A, Chassis no. 5
1899 Georges Richard Type A, Chassis no. 5
1899 Georges Richard Type A, Chassis no. 5
1899 Georges Richard Type A, Chassis no. 5
1899 Georges Richard Type A, Chassis no. 5
1899 Georges Richard Type A, Chassis no. 5
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