c.1910 CGV Charron Type X Roadster plus Dickey  Chassis no. 173 Engine no. 8227

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Lot 425
c.1910 CGV Charron Type X Roadster plus Dickey
Chassis no. 173 Engine no. 8227

Sold for £ 23,575 (US$ 29,688) inc. premium
c.1910 CGV Charron Type X Roadster plus Dickey
Chassis no. 173
Engine no. 8227

Footnotes

  • Established in Puteaux, Seine in 1901, CGV took its initials from those of its three founders: Messrs Fernand Charron, Léonce Girardot and Émile Voigt, all of whom had been successful racing drivers for Panhard. Of the trio, Charron had enjoyed the greatest success, winning the Marseilles-Nice and Paris-Amsterdam-Paris races in 1898 as well as the inaugural Gordon Bennett Cup of 1901. Prior to the foundation of CGV, Charron and Girardot had been partners in a Panhard dealership and CGV's first automobiles were designed along similar lines, albeit noticeably lower-slung. The first CGV was powered by a 3.3-litre 15/20hp four-cylinder engine driving the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox and chain final drive. A steel-reinforced wooden chassis was used, featuring transverse-leaf springing at the rear. Amazingly, the fledgling firm then produced the world's first straight-eight engine, which was exhibited in a prototype model at the 1902 Paris Salon. There was immense interest but it never entered production.
    CGV soon acquired a reputation for quality and an equally distinguished clientele, which included the King of Portugal, various lesser European royals and members of the British aristocracy. It was imported into the USA and sold there as the 'American CGV' while a limited number were actually assembled in New York and delivered with locally built coachwork. By 1905 the early models' atmospheric inlet valves had been dropped and the range had expanded to include 'T-head' fours of up to 9.8 litres, some with shaft drive. Despite CGV's success, the partnership was in crisis: Girardot and Voigt left to pursue other projects and for 1907 the cars were badged as 'Charron', continuing as such when Fernand Charron left to join Clément-Bayard in 1908.
    Nominally a British company, although its factory remained at Puteaux, Automobiles Charron Ltd offered a range featuring Renault-style dashboard radiators for 1909, by which time most models had shaft drive. One that did not receive shaft drive until 1910 was the 2.4-litre, four-cylinder Type X, which was Charron's most popular model of this period.
    This particular Type X was imported from France by Stephen Langton in the early 1980s and purchased by the current vendor circa 1983. We are advised that a new driveshaft has been made but otherwise the car has remained in storage since acquisition. There are no documents with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.

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  • This vehicle is now running and was driven into the marquee.
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c.1910 CGV Charron Type X Roadster plus Dickey  Chassis no. 173 Engine no. 8227
c.1910 CGV Charron Type X Roadster plus Dickey  Chassis no. 173 Engine no. 8227
c.1910 CGV Charron Type X Roadster plus Dickey  Chassis no. 173 Engine no. 8227
c.1910 CGV Charron Type X Roadster plus Dickey  Chassis no. 173 Engine no. 8227
c.1910 CGV Charron Type X Roadster plus Dickey  Chassis no. 173 Engine no. 8227
c.1910 CGV Charron Type X Roadster plus Dickey  Chassis no. 173 Engine no. 8227
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