1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20

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Lot 569N
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car
Registration no. 1900 KK32 (not UK registered) Chassis no. F20

Sold for £ 67,580 (US$ 84,562) inc. premium
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car
Registration no. 1900 KK32 (not UK registered)
Chassis no. F20
*Formerly displayed in the Raoul Mas Museum, Toulouse
*Recently re-commissioned and running
*Gearbox drive belts require replacement
*NOVA declaration made
*VCC dating in progress

Footnotes

  • The history of the Georges Richard marque is inextricably bound up with that of Brasier. Georges Richard founded the eponymous French make in 1893 in partnership with his brother, Maxime. 'Société des Anciens Établissements Georges Richard' occupied premises in the Parisian suburb of Ivry-Port, though the company did not actually make any cars until 1897. Already established as manufacturers of high-quality bicycles, the Richard brothers offered a Benz-like car at first, to which was added a smaller voiturette model licensed from the Belgian manufacturer, Vivinus.

    In 1901, engineer Henri Brasier left Mors to join Georges Richard, the Vivinus derived model continuing in production at first while new designs were prepared. Brasier's new range of larger cars was constructed along Panhard lines, consisting of four chain-driven models with two and four-cylinder engines ranging in power from 10hp to 40hp. Pressed steel chassis frames were the norm by 1904, while chain drive survived on only the largest models, shaft drive having been adopted on the others. The cars were renamed 'Richard-Brasier' for 1904 and plain 'Brasier' after 1905 following Georges Richard's departure to found Unic.

    It was in 1904 that Richard-Brasier gained the first of its two consecutive victories in the Gordon Bennett Cup. First run in 1900 in France, the latter took its name from founder James Gordon Bennett Jr, millionaire owner of the New York Herald newspaper and himself a keen sportsman. Contested by national teams, the races were hosted in the country of the previous year's winner until 1905, after which the Automobile Club de France organised the first motor racing Grand Prix at Le Mans. But prior to the coming of Grands Prix, the Gordon Bennett Cup was the most prized trophy of them all.

    The 1903 race had been won by the Belgian driver Camille Jenatzy driving a German Mercedes, so the 1904 event was run in Germany around a circuit in the Taunus Mountains. Victory went to the 9.9-litre 80hp Richard-Brasier of Léon Théry, who retained the Cup the following year at the Circuit d'Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand driving an 11.2-litre 90hp car. This was, arguably, the high point of Brasier's fortunes, for the company went into decline after The Great War and was acquired by the bicycle manufacturer Chaigneau in 1926, after which it continued to produce cars under the Chaigneau-Brasier name for a few more years.

    This early single-cylinder Georges Richard was purchased at auction in France in 2016 (see paperwork on file) having been displayed in the Raoul Mas Museum in Toulouse for many years. Since purchase the car has been serviced and is now in running condition, although it should be noted that the leather drive belts to the gearbox require replacement. This Georges Richard is only being sold because the owner has acquired another car for the London-Brighton Veteran Car Run. A delightful 'early starter' (VCC dating is in progress), it is compact and has four-seat accommodation, and is very nicely appointed with brass scuttle lamps. A wonderful opportunity to own a charismatic Veteran with time to learn about and prepare it for this year's LBVCR.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the chassis number should read E20. The car has not been put forward for full dating with the VCC, however the paperwork has been completed and submitted to the VCC for a VCC Veteran Passport to enable eligibility for the LBVCR.
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1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
1900 Georges Richard 3½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau Car  Chassis no. F20
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