Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219
Lot 217N
Property from a Private European Collection
c.1902 Ader Two Cylinder V-Twin Four Seater
£85,000 - 100,000
US$ 110,000 - 130,000

Lot Details
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219 Property from a Private European Collection,c.1902  Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater  Chassis no. V6/123 Engine no. 219
Property from a Private European Collection
c.1902 Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater
Registration no. Not UK Registered
Chassis no. V6/123
Engine no. 219
* Rare early V twin automobile
* Formerly owned by noted collector Pierre Schimp
* Previously completed London to Brighton
* Recent cosmetic refurbishment
 

Footnotes

  • The French automobile company Ader was founded in 1900, and shares the last name of its founder Clément Ader. A highly talented electrical and mechanical engineer, Clément had made improvements on Alexander Graham Bell's telephone design in 1878 and had established the phone network in Paris by 1880. Ader had also made contributions to the world of early aviation with the successful 50 meter flight of his steam powered Eole flyer.

    The Société Industrielle des Téléphones-Voitures Système Ader workshop in Levallois-Perret, Seine, initially began building bicycles in 1869 but later moved into the production of steam powered aeroplanes between 1890 and 1897. Finally in 1900, the very first Ader 8 CV rolled out of the shop powered by 904 cc V-twin engine with chain drive. In 1901 shaft drive was introduced along with a four cylinder car, the design of which was effectively a coupling of two of their earlier twin engines together. Two of these four-cylinder engines were joined to make a 3616 cc V-8 which was fitted to a car that ran in the 1903 Paris-Madrid race. That year Ader listed twin-cylinder cars of 904 cc and 1571 cc, as well as four-cylinder ones of 1810 cc and 3142 cc; each was available in a wide range of coachwork. A 24 hp vertical four was introduced in December 1903 at the Paris Salon.
     
    The Ader presented here has a fascinating file of documentation with it which includes an early advertising notice for the introduction of the V twin engined cars dated April 1902, and a second slightly later catalogue which carries the well known image of an Ader car and a horse and cart reaching an impasse on a bridge.

    In addition to this material are two photographs of this Ader being discovered most probably in the early 1960s on a wintry day, and covered in a snow, it is thought that this was when was found by noted collector Pierre Schimp. At that point, the rear of the car's coachwork had been converted to have a flat bed/delivery area, most probably owing to a repurposing after its first life of use.

    Mr. Schimp embarked upon a comprehensive restoration, rebuilding the car and returning its bodywork to a charabanc style body with a rear entry, finishing it in a white paintwork scheme. In this form, the car campaigned the London to Brighton, photos on file depicting a successful arrival on Madeira Drive on at least one occasion. Later the current owner was able to acquire it from Schimp.

    During its most recent ownership the Ader was refurbished once again, now in an appealing Royal Blue livery and with black wings. It has been equipped with very early small type Alpha headlights, while one of its sidelights can claim to have been manufactured by G. Ouvrard of Paris.

    With its interesting technical format and handsome looks this is an intriguing two cylinder automobile. Its configuration appears to adhere precisely to the cars announced back in 1902, which if confirmed would provide a good middle of the pack start on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
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