1912 Métallurgique 12hp Cabriolet  Chassis no. 15149

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Lot 356
1912 Métallurgique 12hp Cabriolet
Sold for £ 36,800 (US$ 47,877) inc. premium

Lot Details
1912 Métallurgique 12hp Cabriolet  Chassis no. 15149 1912 Métallurgique 12hp Cabriolet  Chassis no. 15149 1912 Métallurgique 12hp Cabriolet  Chassis no. 15149 1912 Métallurgique 12hp Cabriolet  Chassis no. 15149 1912 Métallurgique 12hp Cabriolet  Chassis no. 15149 1912 Métallurgique 12hp Cabriolet  Chassis no. 15149
1912 Métallurgique 12hp Cabriolet
Coachwork by Carrosserie Vanden Plas, Brussels

Registration no. TM 4148
Chassis no. 15149
*Premier Belgian sporting make
*Extremely rare model
*First registered in 1913
*Present family ownership since 1988
*VCC Dating Certificate

Footnotes

  • The Métallurgique took its name from parent company Société Anonyme la Métallurgique, a manufacturer of railway locomotives and rolling stock. Destined to become Belgium's foremost producer of sporting cars, Métallurgique built its first automobile - a Daimler-like twin-cylinder - in the late 1890s. More modern designs followed including, in 1906, the fabulous 60/80hp fast tourer equipped with a magnificent 100bhp, inlet-over-exhaust, four-cylinder engine. An innovative concern, Métallurgique adopted four-speed gearboxes for all its models before WWI, and four-wheel brakes immediately afterwards. Automobiles of high quality, the Vanden Plas-bodied Métallurgiques were much admired across the Channel, their success leading to Warwick Wright acquiring rights to the Vanden Plas name in the UK.

    The company continued to build big, fast tourers after WWI, and added smaller sidevalve-engined models to the range. In the early 1920s it launched the Paul Bastien designed 12/15, a thoroughly modern fast tourer of high quality, which would form the bulk of Métallurgique production until the company's car factory was sold to Impéria in 1927.

    Offered here is an example of the very rare Métallurgique 12hp, a type that was first displayed in the UK (as a 1912 model) in November 1911 at the Olympia Motor Show. The car is powered by a 1.7-litre four-cylinder engine, which drives via a four-speeds-and-reverse gearbox. 'TM 4148' was acquired by the lady vendor's late father in 1988 having been first registered in this country in 1913 (see hand-written note in old logbook). The body was repainted in the 1960s and is nicely patinated; the hood has been replaced (date unknown) and the brightwork is in generally good condition. At present, the magneto is away being rewound. Used sparingly in recent years and said to run and drive well, this delightful 'Edwardian' is offered with a VCC Dating Certificate, assorted correspondence, a V5 registration document, and the aforementioned old-style logbook.
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