1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945
Lot 202
1901 Darracq 6½hp Model C Two-seater
£40,000 - 45,000
US$ 53,000 - 60,000

Lot Details
1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945 1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 945
1901 Darracq Model C 6½hp Single-Cylinder Two-seater
Registration no. BH 56
Chassis no. 945
*Pioneering, high-quality French make
*Landmark model
*Present ownership since 1971
*Restoration completed in 1998

Footnotes

  • Born in Bordeaux in 1885, Alexandre Darracq made a fortune in the bicycle industry's boom years of the late 19th Century, and like many of his contemporaries subsequently turned his attention to powered transport. Darracq's new venture was financed by the sale of his Gladiator bicycle business to Dunlop, though he continued to make bicycle components in his new factory at Suresnes, Seine.

    After two false starts that saw him abandon electric carriage manufacture and then attempt unsuccessfully to sell the built-under-licence Léon Bollée voiturette, Darracq launched his first successful internal combustion-engined automobile in 1900. Darracq was a businessman rather then an engineer and had recruited designer Paul Ribeyrolles to be responsible for its production. This new Type C Darracq was powered by a 6½hp Perfecta engine, which was carried in a tubular steel chassis and drove via a three-speed gearbox and shaft final drive – an advanced specification for its day. First advertised in November 1900 and priced at £250, the 6½hp Darracq was an immediate success, with some 1,200 leaving the Suresnes factory by the end of 1902.

    The basis of this 6½hp Darracq Type C was acquired from Depanoto in France in 1971. Proprietor Paul Boutet had a stock of Darracq Type C parts, which the vendor was able to purchase, while other suitable components were acquired from fellow Darracq owners, principally John Pickvance, Ron Knight, and Melchet Ekstromer. This car's original Type C components include the chassis, engine, suspension springs, front wheels, lubricator, axle, transmission brake, valve controls, rear wheels and hubs, gear quadrant, steering shaft, pedals, etc. A gearbox and axle casing were manufactured using drawings, and a two-seater body constructed to the correct as-originally-supplied pattern. The rebuild took well over 20 years to complete and was finished in 1998 in time for the Centenary Run.

    Finished in maroon with black interior, 'BH 56' is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition and will have been thoroughly checked over by NP Veteran Engineering prior to sale. Related documentation consists of a VCC Dating Certificate and Car Examination Record, sundry restoration invoices (with VCC), an old-style logbook, and a V5C Registration Certificate.
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