1929 Hotchkiss AM2 Tourer Replica  Chassis no. 15212

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1929 Hotchkiss AM2 Tourer Replica
Registration no. BF 7189 Chassis no. 15212

Sold for £ 14,950 (US$ 18,671) inc. premium
1929 Hotchkiss AM2 Tourer Replica
Registration no. BF 7189
Chassis no. 15212

Footnotes

  • Original AM2 chassis and running gear
    Replica Gurney Nutting style body
    Restored over a seven-year period
    Completed in 2016

    A slump in demand for the products of its Saint-Denis munitions factory prompted Hotchkiss to diversify into motor manufacture in the early 1900s. The company was already a major supplier of components to the automobile industry, and right from the start the famous 'Hotchkiss Drive' (by live axle and open propeller shaft) was a feature of its cars, the first of which was a brace of sidevalve 'T-head' fours with engines of 4.6 and 7.4 litres capacity respectively. The range expanded to encompass six-cylinder models, and although large upmarket types continued to be catalogued, the trend towards smaller-engined cars had become firmly established by the start of WWI. However, after the War's end Hotchkiss concentrated on developing the 4-litre AF, and is was not until 1923 that a smaller, medium-size car with broader appeal was introduced: the 2.4-litre, 12hp AM. Equipped with Hotchkiss drive, naturally, the AM featured a four-cylinder sidevalve engine in unit with the four-speed gearbox, together with four-wheel brakes and wire-spoked wheels. Moderately priced and capable of 70mph, the AM constituted the bulk of Hotchkiss production during the late 1920s. In 1926 a more powerful and faster overhead-valve AM2 version was introduced. The AM2 abandoned the Hotchkiss Drive in favour of torque tube transmission, and continued in production until 1932.
    This Hotchkiss AM2 was purchased as a rolling chassis from René Barke in Normandy in 2008 and brought back to the owner's home in the UK. The chassis was then stripped completely, and the engine, gearbox, torque tube, rear axle, and running gear totally rebuilt. The vendor is a trained engineer and member of the British Hotchkiss Society, so well qualified for such an undertaking. A photographic record of the restoration is on file.
    The open tourer coachwork has been copied from the Gurney Nutting body on the vendor's Hotchkiss AM80. It is constructed on a framework of French ash panelled with 2mm birch WBP plywood (as used on the De Havilland Mosquito fighter-bomber of WW2). Trevor Norris applied the body's British Racing Green fabric covering, and also upholstered the interior in beige leather.
    The engine has been fully rebuilt, incorporating a re-ground crankshaft, new white-metalled bearings, re-bored cylinders, new pistons, machined cylinder head, new valves, etc. It has also been fitted with a modern full-flow oil filter with an extra feed to the timing gears. Following some seven years of painstaking work, the rebuilt Hotchkiss had its first major outing in March 2016.

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1929 Hotchkiss AM2 Tourer Replica  Chassis no. 15212
1929 Hotchkiss AM2 Tourer Replica  Chassis no. 15212
1929 Hotchkiss AM2 Tourer Replica  Chassis no. 15212
1929 Hotchkiss AM2 Tourer Replica  Chassis no. 15212
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