1950 Matonnat Speedboat

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Lot 7
1950 Matonnat Speedboat

Sold for £ 6,325 (US$ 8,747) inc. premium
1950 Matonnat Speedboat
Length overall: 14' 9" (4.5m)
Beam: 5' 1" (1.55m)
Motor: Evinrude Big-Twin outboard rated at 18.4kW (24.67bhp)

Footnotes

  • This supremely elegant speedboat was built in 1950 by Pierre Matonnat at his firm's boatyard in Arcachon on France's Atlantic coast. Founded by Gaspard Matonnat in 1933, this boat builder made dinghies, cabin cruisers, and speedboats of traditional wood construction. Hard hit by the industry's almost wholesale adoption of glassfibre in the 1960s, the firm was restructured in 1979 as SECM Matonnat.

    Purchased at an auction in Amiens, France, this Matonnat speedboat has belonged to the current vendor since 2012. A totally original 'barn find' when acquired, the boat has been restored in Saint Malo by the well-known boatyard, Bob Escoffier Maritime. Now retired, Bob worked on the Matonnat with his daughter Servane Escoffier, the wife of yachtsman Louis Burton. They completely and beautifully restored it retaining all the original parts, including the Evinrude outboard motor that worked very well. The vendor has never used the craft, which would need to be returned to the water statically for a while for the wood to expand before any serious use. The Matonnat comes with its own trailer.
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