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Lot 557: Brasier 16hp Saloon

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

The Brasier marque originated in 1901 when engineer Henri Brasier left Mors to join Georges Richard, who together with his brother Max had been building cars since the late 1890s at Ivry-Port, Seine, France. Previously called 'Georges Richard', the cars were renamed 'Richard-Brasier' for 1904 and plain 'Brasier' after 1905 following Georges Richard's departure to found Unic. On his arrival Henri Brasier had instigated a new range of larger cars constructed along Panhard lines. The 1913 Brasier offered here is powered by a 3,179cc four-cylinder side-valve engine rated at 16 horsepower and carries its original four-seater saloon coachwork by Marcel Guillox of Chalon-sur-Sa´┐Żne; the 'panoramic' dual A-posts are particularly worthy of note. Sold new in Beaune, Burgundy via Auto-Garage Beauncis - Maine & Bahe, whose plate is still fixed to the scuttle, the car remained with its original owner until the outbreak of war in 1914 when he decided to wall it up for safe keeping. Sadly, he did not return from the conflict and the Brasier remained undiscovered for nearly 70 years until the wall was demolished during alterations to the property. The builders' astonishment can only be imagined. The Brasier subsequently passed through the hands of various collectors before being purchased at auction for his private collection by the current, connoisseur owner in 2008, by which time it had featured in the 1983 Alain Resnais film, 'La vie est un roman'. Untouched since 1914, this superb car remains in exceptionally original condition and must be a serious contender for top honours in the concours d'´┐Żlegance circuit's emerging 'Preservation Class'. Apparently intended for owner/drive use, it is upholstered throughout in cloth with braid trim, the interior retaining its original pull-down blinds at the rear and even the flower holder. The paintwork, headlamps, sidelights and 'Stepney' spare wheel are likewise all original. Charmingly patinated, this remarkable, 'time warp' Edwardian motor car is offered with French Carte Grise.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number557
Estimate€80000-€100000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1913
Condition rating1
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Chassis number212
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