From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252

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Lot 212
1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster

Sold for € 28,750 (US$ 30,058) inc. premium
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection
1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster
Chassis no. 11252
Engine no. 11252

Footnotes

  • In 1905 Emile Pilain joined Rolland at Tours and together they quickly developed a reputation for the construction of innovative and high-quality motorcars. The following decades would see continued progress at the company with a focus on mechanical development. Later on, one of their outstanding achievements was the four-wheel braking system that utilised hydraulically actuated front brakes.

    Although to the untrained eye one expects that all Edwardian cars looked like 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' and had round 'barrel' radiators, the reality is that surprisingly few did, Delaunay-Belleville and Hotchkiss were two, Pilain was another. This distinctive characteristic greatly enhances the look of these cars and none more so that when configured in the ever popular 'raceabout' or roadster style, with spartan coachwork of two bucket seats and a drum fuel tank behind. In this case, this aspect is matched with 'drum' headlights and a running board mounted spot lamp. Of course, where it may have original had more formal coachwork, in this form the power to weight ratio is greatly improved, and we expect would provide relatively good performance.

    Following its current display, recommissioning would be advised after which it would no doubt make a great little touring car for Teuf-Teuf, Veteran Car Club or other similar rallies, or as it has done in this collection simply represent this genre of motorcar.

    De la collection de Jacques Vander Stappen
    Pilain modèle 4S roadster deux places 1912
    Châssis n° 11252
    Moteur n° 11252

    En 1905, Émile Pilain rejoignit Rolland à Tours et tous deux se firent rapidement une réputation pour leurs voitures de haute qualité de conception novatrice. La décennie suivante allait voir les constants progrès de la société dans le développement de ses mécaniques. Plus tard, une de leurs réalisations la plus marquante fut le système de freinage aux quatre roues avec des freins avant actionnés hydrauliquement.

    Même si pour les yeux profanes toutes les voitures de l'ère édouardienne ressemblent à « Chitty Chitty Bang Bang » et arborent des radiateurs en forme de tonneau, la réalité montre qu'étrangement bien peu ressemblaient à cela, Delaunay-Belleville et Hotchkiss en étant deux et Pilain la troisième. Cette caractéristique distinctive rehausse grandement l'allure de ces voitures et encore plus lorsqu'elles sont sous la forme populaire d'un « raceabout » ou dans le style roadster, avec une carrosserie spartiate à deux sièges baquets et un réservoir cylindrique à l'arrière. Dans ce cas, l'allure est encore soulignée par l'utilisation de phares « tambour » et par un projecteur monté sur le marchepied. Bien sûr, elle pouvait être dotée d'origine d'une carrosserie plus formelle, mais dans notre cas le rapport poids/puissance est bien meilleur et comme on peut s'y attendre procure des performances bien supérieures.

    Suite à sa longue exposition dans la collection, une remise en route serait judicieuse, après laquelle elle devrait sans aucun doute faire une excellente monture pour les rallyes de vétérans ou autres manifestations similaires, ou encore, comme elle le faisait au sein de la collection, simplement représenter ce type de voiture exceptionnelle.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the Pilain/SAP company of Lyon was not directly linked to the Rolland Pilain concern. Veuillez noter que la société lyonnaise Pilain / SAP n'était pas directement liée à la société Rolland Pilain.
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From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Pilain Model 4S Two Seater Roadster  Chassis no. 11252 Engine no. 11252
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