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Lot 326: Derby L1 K4 Cruiser Six Low-Chassis Roadster

Retromobile, Christies (16 February 2007)

Chassis 134 is one of the rare L1-chassised cars, endowed with the largest option of the 1,837cc six-cylinder engine, and manufactured towards the end of the model-run in 1930. It was discovered by the great lover of rare automobiles, Serge Pozzoli, still in original condition in the latter half of the 1950s in Yvelines. It still wore its original beige and red paintwork, and retained its original interior. Having purchased the car, Pozzoli lent it to the museum at Le Mans from around 1966 onwards before exhibiting it in his private collection at the Musée du Gerier.It was then sold into a collection in Northern France, followed by a collection in the Mayenne region in 2001, and to the vendor in 2003.Today this rare, rakish car presents very well indeed. While in the Mayenne collection the bodywork was repainted in the black and red colour-scheme it wears today (and which suits the car very well indeed), but it was not "restored" as such since there was no need. In the current ownership the car has enjoyed a complete mechanical revision covering the engine, gearbox, and brakes, and the chassis has been restored. Still with its original faux-leather interior, it now exudes a delightful air of originality which is all the more attractive for the knowledge that under the skin everything is as it should be.Research has unearthed only around ten Derby motor cars known to have survived, of which this in the only low-chassis "Cruiser". As a car alone it has a charisma and elegance which makes one wonder why more were not sold; as the sole survivor of its kind, it becomes compelling for any lover of the rare or the unique.

Lot Details
Auction Retromobile
Christies, Paris
Lot Number326
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)€111625
Condition rating1
Registration number
Chassis number134
Engine number20894
Engine capacity (cc)1847
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2