1916 Overland Torpédo Model 75B Type C, Chassis no. 29 847 BTRH

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Lot 287
1916 Overland Torpédo Model 75B Type C,
Chassis no. 29 847 BTRH

Sold for € 14,375 (US$ 15,947) inc. premium
1916 Overland Torpédo Model 75B Type C

Chassis no. 29 847 BTRH
Moteur : 4 cylindres
Alésage/Course : 79.37 x 127.00 mm soit 2.5Litres
Puissance fiscale : 15 cv

La marque OVERLAND est liée à celle de WILLYS, firmes américaines surtout connues pour avoir construit des Jeeps dès 1942.

L'histoire de l'entreprise débute en 1902 dans l'Indiana, à Terre Haute,, sous le nom de Standard Wheel Company qui produisait une petite monocylindre deux places à bas prix, dénommée ''Overland''.

En 1904, la Standard devient l'Overland Motors Car Company et présente une quatre cylindres modèle 18, de 2520 cm3. Deux ans plus tard la dénomination de l'entreprise devient Willys Overland Company, établie à Indianapolis, dont John North Willys devient gestionnaire. Il produit dès 1909 dans l'Ohio, à Toledo, près des anciennes usines Pope qu'il rachète, une six cylindres et une quatre cylindres qui connurent un grand succès. Dès lors la Pope Toledo assure l'assemblage des Overland à partir de décembre 1909 : 80.000 voitures seront vendues à un prix inférieur à 1.000 $.

En France l'agence générale des automobiles Overland est établie 58 Avenue Malakoff à Paris, et l'exemplaire présenté porte la plaque de ce concessionnaire. Parallèlement elles étaient vendues en Angleterre par l'Anglo American Motors Carly à Heddon Street. En 1916, date du modèle 75B présenté, 140.000 voitures ont été produites. Elles coutaient 615$.

L'actuel propriétaire possède cet exemplaire depuis 1969. Il est devenu membre de Willys Overland Knight Registry en 1980. Le dossier joint comprend d'intéressantes précisions sur cette voiture qui est connue des amateurs de Vétérans. Elle a participé à de nombreux Rallyes : plusieurs « Randonnées de Delta Rhodanien » notamment en 1976 de Gréoux à Moustier Sainte-Marie.
On l'a vue en Suisse et le propriétaire ne manque pas de raconter qu'il a effectué de nuit le trajet Lausanne/Arles.

L'Overland est très moderne pour son époque. Elle est pourvue de l'éclairage électrique, l'allumage par magnéto et démarreur Autolite.
Le tableau de bord est assez fourni : on y trouve un compteur Stewart (Vitesse et distances), ampèremètre, indicateur de niveaux et pour rouler en toute conformité au Code actuel elle a été équipée de phares/codes Marchal modernes, de lanternes arrières, d'une jante de secours équipée de son pneu et est joint l'outillage nécessaire.

Réputée avoir été conservée en France depuis la Guerre de 1914/1918, c'est une automobile que l'on peut qualifier capable de remplir parfaitement sa fonction de voiture de « grand tourisme » et de rallye internationaux puisqu'elle possède sa carte de F.I.V.A. n° 30504, datant de 2007 et un contrôle technique effectué en Janvier 2006
Il sera fourni photocopies de manuel d'utilisation et du catalogue de pièces détachées (en Anglais)

Carte grise de collection

Attention : le moteur fonctionne actuellement à l'huile minérale.


Engine : 4 cylinders
Bore/Stroke : 79.37 x 127.00 mm, that is, 2.5Litres
Taxable horsepower : 15 CV

The OVERLAND marque is related to the WILLYS marque, and both are American companies known particularly for making Jeeps since 1942.

The history of the company began in 1902 in Indiana, in Terre Haute, under the name of the Standard Wheel Company which produced a cheap small two-stroke single cylinder engine called the "Overland".

In 1904, the Standard became Overland Motors Car Company and presented a four cylinder model 18, of 2520 cm3. Two years later, the name of the company became Willys Overland Company, established in Indianapolis, of which John North Willys became the manager. From 1909 in Toledo, Ohio, near the old Pope factories that he bought, it produced a six cylinder and a four cylinder car, both of which were very successful. The Pope Toledo factory assembled the Overlands from December 1909 ... 80,000 cars were sold at a price under $1,000.

In France, the general agency for Overland automobiles was set up at 58 Avenue Malakoff in Paris, and the example presented bears the plaque of that distributor. At the same time, they were sold in England by Anglo American Motors Carly in Heddon Street. In 1916, the date of the model 75B presented, 140,000 cars were produced. The car cost $615.

The current owner has owned this example since 1969. He became a member of Willys Overland Knight Registry in 1980.

The attached file contains some interesting statements about this car which is well known by veteran car enthusiasts. It took part in numerous rallies, including several Rhone Delta Trips, in particular that in 1976 from Gréoux à Moustier Sainte-Marie.

It was seen in Switzerland and the owner never fails to tell you that he made the Lausanne–Arles stage by night.

The Overland is very modern for its time. It has electric lighting, magneto ignition and Autolite starter.

The dashboard is also well equipped. It has a Stewart meter (speed and distance), ammeter, level indicator and, to be driven in complete conformity with the current Code, it has been equipped with modern Marchal headlights/codes, rear lights, a spare wheel equipped with a tyre and the necessary tools.

Thought to have been kept in France since the 1914-1918 War, it is an automobile that can be described as being capable of fulfilling its function as a Grand Tourer and international rally car since it has its F.I.V.A. card, No. 30504, dated 2007 and a technical inspection was carried out in January 2006.

It will be supplied with photocopies of the user manual and the spare parts catalogue in English.

Collection vehicle registration document

Attention : The engine currently runs on mineral oil.
1916 Overland Torpédo Model 75B Type C, Chassis no. 29 847 BTRH
1916 Overland Torpédo Model 75B Type C, Chassis no. 29 847 BTRH
1916 Overland Torpédo Model 75B Type C, Chassis no. 29 847 BTRH
1916 Overland Torpédo Model 75B Type C, Chassis no. 29 847 BTRH
1916 Overland Torpédo Model 75B Type C, Chassis no. 29 847 BTRH
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