<b>c.1895 PRIVATE EUROPEAN ROAD COACH</b>

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Lot 102
c.1895 PRIVATE EUROPEAN ROAD COACH
Coachwork by Guiet & Co, Paris

US$ 200,000 - 250,000
£ 150,000 - 190,000
c.1895 PRIVATE EUROPEAN ROAD COACH
Coachwork by Guiet & Co, Paris

The name Guiet will certainly resonate with collectors of European pre-war automobiles, as for many of most famous car coachbuilding names their origins were in the in the horse drawn era. Guiet, better known in car terms as part of Million, Guiet & Cie. constructed a number of bodies on Bugatti, Hispano and other great French marques.

This Private Road Coach would date from just before the turn of the 20th Century, and would have been built to convey its passengers discreetly, in considerable comfort and also some speed. Its livery as found suggested that it had been used by its owners from Paris to the Coastal town of Trouville, a distance of roughly 120 miles, which was a common use for such vehicles.

The current owner acquired the Guiet Road Coach approximately 10 years ago, at the end of a comprehensive restoration by specialists in Lancaster. It had been treated to a comprehensive refurbishment and is beautifully presented both inside and out. The Coach is tastefully and exquisitely finished with a rich burgundy undercarriage, seat risers, toe board and side opening rear door. The lower quarter panels, doors and elbow panel are in a contrasting cream color, while the upper body panels and front and rear boots are dark black. The passenger compartment is accessed via folding body steps and doors on either side. The doors are fitted with 'cottage style' four pane windows, these can be lowered into the window aperture and replaced with shutters that are contained within the door.

Inside the cabin is wood paneled, with dark blue cloth seat squabs, and a particularly unusual feature is that beneath the rear squab is a formal toilet! The headlining is oil cloth, painted and stained in a wood effect finish. The roof seat cushions, guard and coachman's seats are finished in dark blue cloth also. Between the roof seats is a storage trunk and adorning either side the are two sets of side lamps.

In the current ownership the Road Coach has been used with some regularity, including at the Newport Rhode Island Presservation Society 'Weekend of Coaching', where it was pulled by four Lipizzans. Overall the Coach is in fabulous condition and would certainly make a grand statement on the transition of coachbuilding in any car collection or to continue in road coaching events.

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