Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038

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Lot 60
1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé
Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038

€ 60,000 - 80,000
US$ 65,000 - 87,000
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Road registered
1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé
Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
The pretty little sports coupé offered here is the product of Automobiles Michel Hommell and takes its name from the fictional racing driver Michel Vaillant and the title of one of his adventures, 'Le Grand Défi' (The Big Challenge). Created in 1957 by graphic artist Jean Graton and noted for their realistic artwork, the Michel Vaillant comic strips were first published in Tintin magazine and typically pitch the eponymous racing-driver hero into adventures both on and off the racetrack, often involving skulduggery of some kind. 'Le Grand Défi', the first complete Michel Vaillant comic, appeared in 1959. Graton's comics are unusual in featuring many real-life motor racing personalities including drivers Gilles Villeneuve, Jacky Ickx, François Cevert, Patrick Tambay, Thierry Boutsen, René Arnoux and Jean-Pierre Beltoise, while Vaillant's lengthy career has also seen him compete against the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Graham Hill and Ayrton Senna. The most successful French racing driver of all time, Michel Vaillant has won the Formula 1 World Championship four times, the Indianapolis 500 twice and the Le Mans 24-Hour Race on four occasions. It is estimated that the comic-book series has sold 17 million copies worldwide, and there has also been a full-length feature film, released in 2003.

The basis of the Vaillant Grand Défi is Hommell's Berlinette, which was first seen in prototype form in 1990, shortly after the company's formation by ex-racing driver and motoring magazine owner, Michel Hommell. A mid-engined design powered by a 2.0-litre 16-valve Peugeot engine, the Berlinette Échappement (named after Hommell's magazine) entered production in 1994 followed by open Barquette and more powerful RS versions.

Maximum power outputs ranged from 155bhp (Échappement and Barquette), to 167bhp (RS) and 195bhp (RS2), the latter's top speed being 230km/h. The Vaillant Grand Défi version premiered at the Paris Motor Show in 1999. The 16-or-so cars built were intended for the 3COM Star Challenge, a race series featuring French sports and media celebrities, and one even appeared in the 'Michel Vaillant' motion picture.

Purchased by the current owner in 2012, this example of a rare and exclusive French sports car is described as in good original condition and offered with cancelled French Carte Grise (2011).

Achetée par son propriétaire actuel en 2012, cet exemplaire d'une sportive française exclusive et rare est décrit comme étant en bon état original et vendu avec sa carte grise française (2011).

Saleroom notices

  • The 2 students of Franco Sbarro ( Design School of Pontaliers), Platners and Wilson made the bodywork under the direction of Philippe-Charles Toussaint d'Aubepierre. Pilots who raced this Vaillante, sponsored by people magazine 'OLLA', on several race tracks in France and Belgium: Marie Fugain Alexandre Debanne J M Bigard Caroline Barclay Stephane Collaro Les deux élèves de Franco Sbarro ( Ecole de design de Pontarliers ) Platners et Wilson ont réalisé la carrosserie sous la direction de Philippe-Charles Toussaint d'Aubepierre . Les pilotes qui ont conduit cette Vaillante, sponsorisés par le magazine « OLLA », sur plusieurs pistes de courses en France et en Belgique : Marie Fugain Alexandre Debanne J M Bigard Caroline Barclay Stephane Collaro
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Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
Road registered,1999 Hommel Vaillant 'Grand Défi' Coupé Chassis no. VF9BERLHD6A519038
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