From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112

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Lot 215
1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville

Sold for € 37,950 (US$ 42,135) inc. premium
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection
1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville
Chassis no. 8112
Engine no. 8112

Footnotes

  • Unlike so many of his contemporaries who entered the infant motor industry from existing engineering businesses, Marius Berliet was a simple, self-taught mechanic who began work in the silk-weaving industry before joining his father in his business making accessories for the clothing trade. After attending engineering night classes he built his first somewhat disastrous car as early as 1894 and persisted in his endeavours, despite lack of capital, through that decade. Finally obtaining backing from Alfred Giraud, he set up his own small factory in Lyons and in 1901, assisted by engineer Pierre Desgouttes, he designed a quite successful and well-engineered, four cylinder, 22hp car of which it is thought about 100 examples were built. Further expansion saw a wider range of models in production by 1904, his larger offerings following very much Mercedes influence. Good fortune came in 1905 when he sold a licence to build Berliet-designed cars to Albert J.Pitkin of the American Locomotive Co., at the same time agreeing to supply major chassis components. The 1906 40hp Berliet was superbly engineered and expensive and the buyer of this car would be a person of some financial substance who could afford the most exquisite coachwork, the interior reflecting in no small way the extravagance and creature comforts of contemporary first-class railway carriages.

    By 1912 when this car was built their range had broadened somewhat and the AM model as presented here was powered by a 15hp four-cylinder side valve engine.

    According to a 1960s carte gris on file which records Mr. Vander Stappen's acquisition, the car was originally registered on 15th July 1912, while an older French registration card dating from 3 April 1929, notes that at that point the car was owned by a Monsieur Laverdet, of Martel in the Cahors jurisdiction, that document records that by 1929 it had already received a 'Camionett' or light commercial body.

    As acquired by Jacques Vander Stappen in August 1963, it was in need of considerable attention. Mr. Vander Stappen elected to restore the car and to equip it with a more appropriate open drive Brougham body, which we feel would more than likely have come from a horse drawn vehicle, rather than a motorcar. The coachwork sports a Van Den Plas plaque, but it is not known if this authentic or relates to the body. Regardless, the combination is unquestionably a success and the quality of the restoration was clearly carried out to a high standard. On formal display within this collection for decades, the car has not seen active use and will require recommissioning prior to use.

    De la collection de Jacques Vander Stappen
    Berliet Type AM 15 HP coupé de ville 1912
    Châssis n° 8112
    Moteur n° 8112

    Contrairement à la plupart de ses contemporains qui entrèrent sur le marché naissant de l'industrie automobile à partir de sociétés mécaniques existantes, Marius Berliet était un simple mécanicien autodidacte qui débuta dans l'industrie du tissage de la soie avant de rejoindre son père dans son affaire d'accessoires pour l'industrie textile. Après avoir assisté au cours du soir d'ingénierie, il construisit sa première et assez désastreuse automobile dès 1894 et persista dans sa tentative au cours de la décennie, malgré le manque de moyens. Finalement, grâce au soutien d'Alfred Giraud, il mit sur pied sa propre petite usine à Lyon et, en 1901, assisté de l'ingénieur Pierre Desgouttes, il construisit une 22 HP à quatre cylindres très réussie et bien conçue dont 100 exemplaires furent fabriqués. Il développa ensuite une gamme plus large de modèles qui entrèrent en production à partir de 1904, ses modèles les plus gros étant très influencés des Mercedes. La chance tourna en 1905, quand il vendit une licence de fabrication des voitures Berliet à Albert J. Pitkin d'American Locomotive Co., tout en s'entendant pour lui fournir en plus les composants essentiels du châssis. La Berliet 40 HP de 1906 était superbement conçue et très chère. L'acheteur d'une telle voiture était forcément fortuné et pouvait donc se payer la plus exclusive des carrosseries dont l'intérieur copierait à moindre échelle l'extravagance et le confort des wagons de luxe de première classe contemporains.

    En 1912, lorsque cette voiture a été construite, la gamme avait été élargie et le modèle AM, présenté ici, était mû par un quatre cylindres 15 HP à soupapes latérales.

    Si l'on en croit la carte grise de 1960 du dossier, qui concrétise l'acquisition par M. Vander Stappen, la voiture a été immatriculée pour la première fois le 15 juillet 1912, tandis qu'une autre immatriculation en France, en date du 3 avril 1929, montre qu'à l'époque la voiture était la propriété de M. Laverdet, de Martel près de Cahors, et ce même document atteste qu'en 1929, elle avait déjà reçu une carrosserie utilitaire de type camionnette.

    Vu l'état dans lequel elle fut acquise par Jacques Vander Stappen en août 1963, elle demandait une attention considérable. M. Vander Stappen décida de restaurer la voiture et de l'équiper d'une carrosserie ouverte coupé de ville plus appropriée, qui, à notre avis, conviendrait mieux à un véhicule hippomobile qu'à une automobile. La carrosserie arbore une plaque Van Den Plas, mais on ignore si elle est authentique et se rapporte à sa carrosserie. Quoiqu'il en soit, l'ensemble est sans conteste une réussite et la qualité de la restauration est à la hauteur des plus grandes exigences. Exposée dans la collection pendant plusieurs décennies, la voiture n'a pas roulé et nécessitera une remise en route avant d'être utilisée.
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From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,1912 Berliet Type AM 15HP Brougham de Ville  Chassis no. 8112 Engine no. 8112
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