1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer Chassis no. 14081 Engine no. 14081

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Lot 244
1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer
Registration no. (see text) Chassis no. 14081 Engine no. 14081

Sold for £ 12,075 (US$ 15,604) inc. premium
1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer
Registration no. (see text)
Chassis no. 14081
Engine no. 14081

Footnotes

  • SA Nouvelles des Automobiles Philos was founded in Lyons, France in 1912 and manufactured automobiles up to 1923; survivors are rare. Mostly built as a two-seater, the Philos took its name from one of the many ancient Greek words for 'love'. Engines were supplied by Ballot, a company that would cement its reputation after WWI with a succession of state-of-the-art Grand Prix racing engines designed by Ernest Henry. A more practical 1,131c sidevalve four was used for the first Philos, with other engine types featuring in post-war production. In 1923 the factory was acquired by Lyonnaise garage owner Jean Gras, who continued production under his own name until 1930.

    This early four-seater example of a rare French voiturette was sold to the previous owner in the early 1990s by the well-known Kent-based motor dealer David Baldock, an authority on cars of its era. Finished in green with black leather-cloth interior trim, it features the marque's typical V-shaped brass radiator and comes complete with brass electric headlamps and a klaxon horn. A similar Philos once formed part of the Cité de l'Automobile, Musée National de l'Automobile, Collection Schlumpf in Mulhouse, France.

    In the previous owner's possession for over 22 years, the Philos was UK-registered (on a 'Q' plate) in the 1990s and comes with a V5 document and old Austrian registration papers. However, it should be noted that Mike Worthington-Williams - Bonhams' consultant and Chairman Emeritus of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain – has written to the DVLA to try and secure an age-related registration for the vehicle. Restored in the 1980s, the car appears to be in generally good condition, its engine turning over freely with good compression.
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1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer Chassis no. 14081 Engine no. 14081
1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer Chassis no. 14081 Engine no. 14081
1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer Chassis no. 14081 Engine no. 14081
1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer Chassis no. 14081 Engine no. 14081
1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer Chassis no. 14081 Engine no. 14081
1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer Chassis no. 14081 Engine no. 14081
1913 Philos Model 4M Tourer Chassis no. 14081 Engine no. 14081
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