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Lot 573: Mors 30hp Two-Seat Torpedo

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

was one of France's most prominent makes of the Edwardian era, having forged its reputation in the heat of competition. The company participated in many events in its early years and in 1901 Henri Fournier won both the prestigious Paris-Berlin and Paris-Bordeaux long-distance races driving a four-cylinder Mors. The company survived near bankruptcy in 1908 and began to prosper again under the management of Andrť CitroŽn, who had been brought in to sort out the mess. Knight-type sleeve-valve engines, supplied by Minerva, were adopted from 1913 and would power all Mors motor cars after The Great War. Sadly, by this time Mors' star was fading fast and in 1925 the company went into liquidation, its factory in Paris being taken over by CitroŽn. This Mors, with its four-cylinder engine producing 30 horsepower, is of a type that featured prominently in the popular races of the early 1920s. Described as in good condition, although having been on long-term museum display, the car is fitted with a a very attractive replica torpedo body. and is noteworthy for an abundance of decorative copper, a feature regarded as charming today but which made it look rather dated at the time.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number573
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€42000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€48300
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Engine number26104
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