1914 Rochet-Schneider 12hp Limousine  Chassis no. 11905

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Lot 447
1914 Rochet-Schneider 12hp Limousine
Coachwork by Allignol Registration no. SL 9876 Chassis no. 11905

Sold for £ 17,250 (US$ 21,490) inc. premium
1914 Rochet-Schneider 12hp Limousine
Coachwork by Allignol

Registration no. SL 9876
Chassis no. 11905
*2.6-litre engine
*Right-hand drive
*Restored in the 1990s
*Used on VCC events

Footnotes

  • Based at Chemin-Feuillat in Lyon, Rochet-Schneider was one of Les Grands Marques of the Edwardian period in France. The firm was so called because it was initially run by the Rochets, father and son, together with Théophile Schneider, a member of the eponymous armaments manufacturing family. Originally bicycle manufacturers, Société Anonyme des Établissements Rochet-Schneider built its first automobile in 1894 and in 1901 at the Paris Salon exhibited two cars of Panhard configuration. However, by this time the most advanced type of car was the German Mercedes, so for 1903 the Lyonnaise cars were redesigned along Mercedes lines. From the introduction of that year's 20/22hp model, Rochet-Schneider's reputation as the builder of strong, fast cars grew rapidly.
    Built in 1914 as a light commercial vehicle with twin spare wheels, this Rochet-Schneider was re-bodied in 1918 as a limousine, incorporating a luxurious and spacious rear compartment with two fold-down occasional seats. The car was used as personal transport for the Mayor of Lyons for some time. It is shown as registered in the VCC's 2012 handbook as a vehicle of 1914 manufacture.

    The car first resurfaced in 1964 in Holland, and was reported to be in a damaged state from negligent transporting. It is suggested it was imported into the UK by Soames Langton, hence the 'SL' number plate. An article in a 1985 edition of Motor Sport reports on its participation in a VSCC event (see file). Subsequently the Rochet has had four owners and has been used on various tours and events, including a tour to Switzerland. Recently it has been used on VCC tours and for friends' weddings, for which it is most suitable.

    In the late 1990s, the car was completely rebuilt and refurbished by Dave Brown of Vintage & Classic Restorations of Nottinghamshire, fortunately leaving the original interior untouched, following which it was the subject of an article by Mike Worthington-Williams (see file). The car is now in generally excellent condition with no rust or corrosion, and is said to be mechanically strong. The interior retains its original silk blinds, Bedford Cord upholstery, brocade trimmings, and original fittings. The car starts readily on the self starter and is easy to drive with a straightforward four-speed gearbox, cruising at 40mph with good oil pressure and no overheating. It is reported to ride very well and to have adequate braking.

    An attractive, practical, and usable VCC car, the Rochet is now being sold as the owner is reducing his collection.
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1914 Rochet-Schneider 12hp Limousine  Chassis no. 11905
1914 Rochet-Schneider 12hp Limousine  Chassis no. 11905
1914 Rochet-Schneider 12hp Limousine  Chassis no. 11905
1914 Rochet-Schneider 12hp Limousine  Chassis no. 11905
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