Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922

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Lot 302
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922

Sold for € 13,800 (US$ 15,679) inc. premium
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Châssis no. 4-S 48

•Rare cyclecar français
•Un des concepts les plus innovants de son époque
•Restauré en Italie à la fin des années 2000
•Nouvelle carrosserie en aluminium sur la structure d'origine
•En grande partie d'origine

Ce rare cyclecar français a été découvert en 2006 par son précédent propriétaire (italien) alors qu'il était en vacances en Camargue. Tout ce qui restait de sa carrosserie au moment de sa découverte était la structure en bois qui était en bon état et a été correctement conservée. Le reste de la voiture était étonnamment complet jusqu'à l'écusson Benjamin sur le radiateur.

La restauration a commencé en Italie. La carrosserie qui était à l'origine en acier avec un capot moteur en aluminium a été entièrement reconstruite en aluminium en utilisant la structure en bois d'origine comme patron. Le moteur a été révisé et un nouveau faisceau électrique fabriqué, tandis que les roues en tôle d'origine ont été remplacées par des roues fil, les pneus 700x80 d'origine n'étant plus disponibles. De plus, les phares et l'entourage du radiateur en laiton ont été nickelés, un nouveau pare-brise installé, le volant et les instruments restaurés, la banquette regarnie, et la carrosserie repeinte en bleu de France en laissant le capot moteur en aluminium poli.

En 2013, la Benjamin a été vendue au propriétaire actuel qui a participé à de nombreuses manifestations avec la voiture. Elle a fait l'objet d'un article de six pages dans le numéro de mai 2013 de Ruote Classiche qui a très courtoisement fourni les photos pour ce catalogue.

Ce charmant cyclecar français est proposé avec diverses factures de restauration, la carte grise française de 1922 d'origine, son certificat italien ASI et une copie de l'article de Ruote Classiche mentionné plus haut.

1922 Benjamin 5hp Type B Course Cyclecar
Chassis no. 4-S 48

•Rare French cyclecar
•One of the most advanced designs of its day
•Restored in Italy in the late 2000s
•New aluminium body on the original timber frame
•Highly original

This rare French cyclecar was discovered in 2006 by the previous (Italian) owner while on holiday in the Camargue. When found, all that was left of the body was the wooden frame, which was in good condition and has been properly conserved. The rest of the car was astonishingly complete: even the Benjamin emblem was still on the radiator.

Restoration commenced in Italy; the body, which was originally steel with an aluminium engine cover, was reconstructed entirely in aluminium using the original wooden frame as a pattern. The engine was overhauled, and a completely new wiring loom fabricated, while the original disc wheels were replaced by wire wheels as the original 700x80 tyres were no longer available. In addition, the brass headlamps and radiator surround were nickel-plated; a new windscreen fitted; the original steering wheel and instruments restored; the bench seat re-upholstered; and the body painted in French Blue, leaving the engine cover in polished aluminium.

In 2013, the Benjamin was sold to the current owner, who has participated in numerous events with the car. Importantly, this car featured in a six-page article in the May 2013 edition of Ruote Classiche, who very kindly supplied the pictures from this article for our catalogue.

This charming French cyclecar is offered with sundry restoration invoices, the original 1922 French Carte Grise, Italian ASI certificate, and a copy of the aforementioned Ruote Classiche article.
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Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
Benjamin 5 HP Type B cyclecar de course 1922
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