From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298

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Lot 216
c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo

€ 30,000 - 35,000
US$ 36,000 - 42,000
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection
c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo
Chassis no. 20955
Engine no. 77298

Footnotes

  • Robert Bellanger spent some years as a salesman for Delaunay-Belleville, before founding his own concern in 1912. At the helm of his cars was a brazen 'bull nose' radiator, a styling cue that made for a particularly appealing aesthetic and in the teen years, he used a Daimler-type sleeve-valve power plant. Then as the 1920s began he elected to use a more conventional side valve 3.2 litre unit built by Briscoe, that was married to an all new Type A1 chassis as offered which was designed by Valentin Laviolette who had previously worked at Spyker.

    Through to the mid-1920s, automobiles built by Bellanger Freres could be purchased just around the corner from us here today at 129 Avenue Champs Elysees, but as the decade progressed in the once burgeoning motorcar industry there was already a certain amount of consolidation in the business and sadly it wasn't long before they folded.

    Mr. Vander Stappen's Bellanger car appears to be a particularly original example, its upholstery has the appearance of being the original fabric and the car in most respects concurs with those illustrated in period literature on file with the car. According to an aluminium plaque on its dashboard at one point, perhaps as new, the car was the property of Gaston Fancier of the Quartier des Aspres, in the famed perfume town of Grasse. It is equipped with headlights by 'Lynx Projecteurs & Lanternes' of Paris, Bellanger instruments mounted in a diamond shaped panel, a shape that is echoed in various design features on the car.

    Unused in recent years, we would recommend some recommissioning before it be returned to the road.

    De la collection de Jacques Vander Stappen
    Bellanger Type A 1e série 17 CV torpédo 1920 (environ)
    Châssis n° 20955
    Moteur n° 77298

    Robert Bellanger fut quelque temps vendeur chez Delaunay-Belleville, avant de fonder sa propre société en 1912. L'avant de ses voitures arborait un insolent radiateur « nez de taureau », un effet stylistique qui lui donnait un aspect séduisant, et dans les années 1910 il fit appel à un moteur sans soupape de type Daimler. Puis au début des années 1920, il décida d'utiliser un moteur 3,2 litres plus conventionnel à soupapes latérales qui était associé à un tout nouveau châssis Type A1 conçu par Valentin Laviolette qui avait précédemment travaillé chez Spyker.

    Jusqu'au milieu des années 1920, les automobiles construites par Bellanger Frères pouvaient être achetées juste au coin de la rue où nous nous trouvons aujourd'hui, au 129 Avenue des Champs Élysées. Mais au fur et à mesure de la décennie dans l'industrie automobile naissante, il y avait déjà des fusions et il ne fallut pas longtemps avant que l'affaire ne ferme.

    La Bellanger de M. Vander Stappen est un exemplaire particulièrement authentique, sa sellerie semble être garnie de son tissu d'origine et la voiture dans tous ses aspects correspond aux modèles illustrés dans les publications d'époque figurant dans le dossier de la voiture. Selon une plaque en aluminium fixée au tableau de bord, à un certain moment, peut-être lorsqu'elle était neuve, la voiture fut la propriété de Gaston Fancier du Quartier des Aspres, dans la ville de Grasse, renommée pour ses parfums. Elle est équipée de phares siglés « Lynx Projecteurs & Lanternes » de Paris, d'instrument Bellanger montés sur un panneau en forme de diamant auquel font écho plusieurs autres éléments décoratifs de la voiture.

    Inutilisée ces dernières années, nous recommandons vivement une remise en route avant de reprendre la route.
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From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
From the Jacques Vander Stappen Collection ,c. 1920 Bellanger Type A Serie 1 17CV Torpedo  Chassis no. 20955 Engine no. 77298
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