1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384

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Lot 224
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine

€ 85,000 - 115,000
US$ 94,000 - 130,000
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine
Coachwork by Belvalette

Chassis no. 4384
•Rare French model
•Right-hand drive
•Long-term ownership of 50 years
•Outstandingly original
•Registered in France

Footnotes

  • A slump in demand for the products of its Saint-Denis munitions factory prompted Hotchkiss to diversify into motor manufacture in the early 1900s. The company was already a major supplier of components to the automobile industry, and right from the start the famous 'Hotchkiss Drive' (by live axle and open propeller shaft) was a feature of its cars.

    This rare and outstandingly beautiful Hotchkiss Type AD has the round bonnet and radiator, reminiscent of a gun barrel and reflecting the company's origins, which characterised its products in the pre-WWI era. Built from October 1913 onwards, the AD was an advanced design featuring pressurised lubrication and electric lighting. It is believed that only three survive: one a fire tender in Australia and the other a pseudo racing car in Iceland. This car is the only survivor of the model retaining its original coachwork, in this case a limousine body by Belvalette of Paris. Chassis number '4384' was built in September 1914 and delivered to the French military. Sold at the end of the 1950s, it was purchased by a collector in central France and remained in his collection for 50 years. The owner drove the car rarely, finding it too heavy to handle, and this lack of use has ensured its preservation in outstandingly original condition. Only the paintwork has been redone (around 10 years ago). Offered with French Carte Grise, this ultra-rare 'Edwardian' would command attention and respect in any company.

    Hotchkiss type AD limousine 1914
    Carrosserie Belvalette
    Châssis n° 4384

    •Rare modèle français
    •Conduite à droite
    •Aux mêmes mains pendant 50 ans
    •État d'origine exceptionnelle
    •Immatriculée en France

    Une chute des demandes pour les produits de son usine de munitions de Saint-Denis amena Hotchkiss à se diversifier dans la construction automobile au début des années 1900. La société était déjà un fournisseur essentiel de l'industrie automobile et dès le début, le fameux Hotchkiss Drive (un essieu moteur avec arbre de transmission ouvert) fut une caractéristique de ses voitures.

    Cette rare et superbe Hotchkiss type AD a le capot et le radiateur cylindrique, en forme de canon d'obusier rappelant les origines de la marque qui caractérisait ses produits avant la première guerre. Construite à partir d'octobre 1913, l'AD était de conception moderne faisant appel à une lubrification sous pression et à un éclairage électrique. On pense que seul trois ont survécu, une comme véhicule d'incendie en Australie et l'autre une fausse voiture de course en Islande. Cette voiture est la seule survivante du modèle à conserver sa caisse d'origine, dans ce cas une limousine à carrosserie Belvalette à Paris. Le châssis numéro 4384 a été construit en septembre 1914 et livrée à un militaire français. Vendue à la fin des années 1950, elle a été achetée par un collectionneur du centre de la France et est restée dans sa collection pendant 50 ans. Le propriétaire sortait rarement la voiture, la trouvant trop lourde à manœuvrer et cette absence d'usage a assuré sa préservation dans un état d'origine exceptionnel. Seule la peinture a été refaite (il y a environ 10 ans). Vendue avec sa carte grise française, cette extrêmement rare « édouardienne » suscite intérêt et respect en toutes occasions.
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1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
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1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
1914 Hotchkiss Type AD Limousine  Chassis no. 4384
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