Lot 577: Darracq Type V14 16hp Tourer
This handsome car was delivered new in Ireland and supplied by Harry Ferguson Ltd. of Belfast whose supplier's plate it still carries. Ferguson was an inventor, pioneer aviator, and motor dealer who played a key role in the development of the agricultural tractor and designed the first four-wheel drive Grand Prix racing car. The Paris built 16hp Darracq of 1914 was powered by a 2.9 litre four-cylinder engine, driving through a four speed gearbox and was conventional in all respects, offering the sound engineering and design associated with the marque Darracq, yet to a design of Englishman Owen Clegg of Rover fame. Rescued for preservation in Ireland by motor racer Malcolm Templeton, this car was found to be in exceptionally original condition. Passing to new ownership around 1984 the car was reupholstered and the radiator rebuilt and at the same time the engine was professionally overhauled. In its new owner's hands it successfully completed the John o'Groats to Lands End trip- some 900 or so miles. The present lady owner acquired the car as a gift from her husband about 17 years ago and during her ownership the car has been little used, although notably it completed the centenary re-enactment of the 1,000 Miles Trial in the year 2000, driven on that occasion by World Champion racing driver Phil Hill. Now presented as a nicely matured restoration, the Darracq is equipped with C.A.V. electric lighting, folding windscreen and an Auster rear screen, Autovox pump-operated horn, A.T. 0-60mph speedometer, spare wheel and good weather equipment including a practical two piece tonneau cover and rear luggage carrier. Paint and upholstery are nicely mellowed and this useful and relatively fast touring car will benefit from the usual careful checks and recommissioning following a period of little use in a notable private collection. It comes with UK registration document.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€46000|
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