1915 UNIC M1T 12/18hp Coupé de Chauffeur  Chassis no. 2392

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Lot 449
1915 UNIC M1T 12/18hp Coupé de Chauffeur
Coachwork by E Vicart Fils Registration no. SV 9818 Chassis no. 2392

Sold for £ 27,500 (US$ 34,345) inc. premium
1915 UNIC M1T 12/18hp Coupé de Chauffeur
Coachwork by E Vicart Fils

Registration no. SV 9818
Chassis no. 2392
*Supplied new to Argentina
*Museum displayed in Ireland
*Present ownership since 2003
*Re-upholstered interior

Footnotes

  • When founding his new company in 1904, Georges Richard had intended that it should follow a one-model policy, and thus adopted the name 'Unic'. The policy did not last long, Richard's first twin-cylinder model being joined within twelve months by two four-cylinder types: a 2.0-litre 12hp and 2.6-litre 14hp. Mainstay of production throughout the 1920s was the Type L. Rated at 10CV, it was powered by a 1.8-litre sidevalve engine built in unit with the gearbox, an advanced feature at the time. The company briefly returned to its one-model policy in the mid 1920s, building variations of the 11CV only for a while, before launching a straight eight in 1928. During the Depression years of the early 1930s, the firm manufactured commercial vehicles only - a foretaste of things to come - returning to passenger cars in 1934 with the introduction of the independently front suspended U4 2-Litre. A six-cylinder U6 version followed and variations of these basic two models saw Unic through to the start of WW2, after which the firm manufactured commercial vehicles only.

    Unic's products were renowned for their quality of construction and robustness. As the great W O Bentley, once an employee of the National Motor Cab Co, operators of Unic taxicabs, observed in his autobiography: 'Nothing the English built at the time could stand up to the treatment nor show such economic running figures as the Unic'.

    This right-hand drive, 2.6-litre, four-cylinder Unic M1T Coupé de Chauffeur was supplied new to Buenos Aires, Argentina and subsequently was displayed in various museums in Ireland. The car was purchased by the current vendor in 2003, the interior being re-upholstered that same year, and since then has been used on VCC rallies, including a tour of the Lake District. The Unic is described as in generally good/very good condition, and is said to be both very comfortable and very reliable. The engine runs well, but currently need the fuel feed reconnecting. Accompanying documentation consists of a VCC dating certificate and a V5C registration document.
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1915 UNIC M1T 12/18hp Coupé de Chauffeur  Chassis no. 2392
1915 UNIC M1T 12/18hp Coupé de Chauffeur  Chassis no. 2392
1915 UNIC M1T 12/18hp Coupé de Chauffeur  Chassis no. 2392
1915 UNIC M1T 12/18hp Coupé de Chauffeur  Chassis no. 2392
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