<b>1927 Georges Irat Model A Cabriolet</b><br />Chassis no. 2773<br />Engine no. 10769

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Lot 187
1927 Georges Irat Model A Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pourtout

Sold for US$ 125,440 inc. premium
1927 Georges Irat Model A Cabriolet
Coachwork by Pourtout

Chassis no. 2773
Engine no. 10769

2000cc OHV Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
80bhp at 3,750rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes

*Well known history
*The 1927 Paris Automobile Salon show car
*The only Georges IRAT in the CCCA
*Beautifully presented, older restoration


THE GEORGES IRAT

Georges Irat had already acquired the Majola factory at St Denis when he launched the first car bearing his own name in 1921. Manufactured by Automobiles Georges Irat SA at Chatou, Seine-et-Oise, this was a fast tourer powered by a 2.0-liter, overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine designed by Maurice Gaultier, formerly with Delage. Unusually, Irat manufactured the entire car, bodies excepted, marketing his products as 'La Voiture de l'Elite'. Although on a small scale, production grew steadily throughout the early 1920s, peaking at around 200 cars annually, and then in 1928 Irat launched a 3.0-liter six-cylinder model based on the existing four.

The availability of large, American-built engines was exploited by various French manufacturers at around this time, Irat included, who opted to build cars powered by Lycoming straight-eights at a new factory. The early 1930s was a difficult time for motor manufacturers everywhere, and disappointing sales of its eight-cylinder models and the light car brought Georges Irat to the point of collapse. Rescued by engine maker Godefroy et Léveque, which wanted an outlet for its 'Ruby' power units, Irat introduced a small sports car powered by one of its products. Sporting in appearance, the new 6CV roadster proved popular and sold in relatively large numbers, by Georges Irat's standards, some 1,500-or-so finding customers between 1935 and 1939. A larger version powered by the 1.9-liter Citroën 11CV engine was added to the range in 1938, some 200 of which were made. Georges Irat developed and displayed a handful of prototypes after WWII but to all intents and purposes the company's days as a motor manufacturer were over.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This sporting and elegant roadster is the only Georges IRAT in the CCCA. No ordinary example, this Cabriolet was specially made for the 1927 Paris Automobile Salon where it was exhibited either by the company or the car's first owner, Monsieur Veger who was a Parisian jewelry. Mr. Veger had ordered the car prior to the salon and specified a number of unique, extra features—the sum of which came to an original purchase price of 135,000 francs—enough to have bought a fleet of 18 Citroën 7CVs!

At the Salon, the car was spotted by Jean F. Charpentier—a budding aviator at the Bleriot School studying to be a military pilot. He immediately fell in love with the car, which he came to call Georgette, and carried fond memories of it for a few years until he spotted on the streets of Paris. Giving chase through rush hour traffic, he tried in vain to keep up but was unsuccessful. It would be one of several such encounters in the following months until finally he stumbled upon the car in an open garage near Maillot Gate. Inquiring with the owner about it, he found out it was for sale and promptly made arrangements to make Georgette his own.

Years of use necessitated some repairs, which Charpentier diligently carried out. At one point during the process, he drove the car out to Repusseau to acquire washers and shock absorbers. While there, the shop foreman looked closely at the car before declaring, "I know this car. I spent a sleepless night with it the evening of the opening of the 1927 Automobile Salon. I had to install the bumpers. They were not standard equipment and required quite a bit of fitting." The news only deepened Charpentier's love for Georgette.

During WWII, Georgette was put into storage in a garage in Suresnes from which she was stolen. She was soon recovered and returned to Charpentier in Bordeaux. Following WWII, Charpentier moved to Akron, Ohio where he worked as an aerodynamicist for Goodyear while Georgette remained in France. He would keep the car until January 13, 1960. From there, the car was sold to Gilbert Broyelle, then David Mauduy, followed by M. Moein, and finally Roubuan Slijpe. In 1993, Georgette was acquired by Noel Thompson from the Imperial Palace Auction in Las Vegas. Thompson would keep the car until his death in 1996 at which point it was acquired by its penultimate owner, esteemed Utah collector Alan Melchior.

Restored during Melchoir's ownership, the car was shown at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it won third place in the European Classic category. Acquired by the vendor in 2007, it has been shown at the Amelia Island and Hilton Head Concours. Featured on the cover of the Spring 2006 issue of The Classic Car and accompanied by copies of letters from Jean Charpentier and Noel Thompson, it is a rare example to acquire a stunning, nimble cabriolet from one of the most significant eras in French motoring manufacture.

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