1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706

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Lot 223
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer

€ 75,000 - 95,000
US$ 83,000 - 110,000
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer
Chassis no. 8706
•French make of high quality
•Sold new to a French owner
•Formerly part of the Jacques Vander Stappen collection
•Original and un-restored



Footnotes

  • Already a successful maker of bicycles and pneumatic tyres - he owned the Dunlop patents in France - Adolphe Clément diversified into automobile manufacture in 1899, taking an interest in the existing Gladiator concern. In October 1903 Clément broke his connection with the company and set up a new factory in Levallois-Perret. Not permitted to call the cars it built 'Cléments', he adopted the trade name 'Bayard' after the legendary medieval French hero, a statue of whom stood in front of his branch factory in Mézières, and officially changed his name to 'Clément-Bayard'.

    Clément-Bayard was a pioneer of vertical integration, with little reliance on outside suppliers. Casting and rough machining work was carried out at Mézières, and bodies were built in coachworks near the Levallois factory. Clément-Bayard's products were well built and stylish, aimed at the well-to-do middle class, and in 1904 the Levallois-Perret factory employed some 1,600 men, building around 1,200 cars annually.

    This Clément-Bayard AC4I tourer is powered by a four-cylinder engine displacing 2,420cc. The car was delivered in 1908 to Bulte Fils of Longueval, Somme, France and sold to Mr Jacques Nicolai de Gorhez in Belgium. At the beginning of the 1960s, the Clément was bought by Mr Jacques Vander Stappen, becoming one of the first of his magnificent collection. Un-restored and retaining its original body, this wonderful 'Edwardian' is described by the vendor as in good condition mechanically, though requiring a thorough check-up before starting.

    Clément-Bayard AC4I tourer 1908
    Châssis n° 8706

    •Marque française de qualité
    •Vendue neuve à un acheteur français
    •Autrefois dans la collection de Jacques Vander Stappen
    •D'origine non restaurée

    Déjà constructeur de bicyclettes et de pneumatiques prospère – il détenait la licence Dunlop pour la France - Adolphe Clément se diversifia dans la construction automobile en 1899, prenant des parts dans l'affaire Gladiator déjà en activité. En octobre 1903, il rompit avec la société pour monter sa propre affaire à Levallois-Perret. Empêché de donner le nom de Clément aux voitures qu'il fabriquait, il adopta le nom de Bayard, celui d'un héros français du moyen-âge dont la statue se dressait devant l'usine de sa filiale de Mézières et prit officiellement le nom de Clément-Bayard.

    Clément-Bayard était un pionnier de l'intégration verticale reposant très peu sur les fournisseurs extérieurs. La fonderie et la grosse mécanique se faisaient à Mézières et les carrosseries étaient fabriquées dans des ateliers près de l'usine de Levallois. Les produits Clément-Bayard étaient bien construits et élégants, destiné à une classe moyenne fortunée, et en 1904, l'usine de Levallois-Perret employait près de 1 600 personnes qui construisait chaque année environ 1 200 voitures.

    Cette Clément-Bayard AC4I tourer est animée par un moteur quatre cylindres de 2 420 cm3 de cylindrée. La voiture a été livrée en 1908 à Bulte Fils de Longueval, dans la Somme, et vendue à M. Jacques Nicolai de Gorhez en Belgique. Au début des années 1960, la Clément a été achetée par M. Jacques Vander Stappen, devenant l'un des premiers éléments de sa magnifique collection. Non restaurée et toujours dotée de sa carrosserie d'origine, cette superbe « édouardienne » est décrite par le vendeur comme étant en bon état mécanique, mais nécessitera cependant une inspection avant d'être redémarrée.
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1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
1908 Clement-Bayard AC4I Tourer  Chassis no. 8706
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