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Built in 1965 on an extended Citroen HY chassis by the respected French coachbuilders 'CRANSAC' - famed for their outlandish promotional vehicles so often employed on events such as the 'Tour de France' in the 1950s & '60s - this unique mobile retail outlet was built for the Mariot family of shoe retailers to visit and 'set up shop' at the many traditional marketplaces of South West France. As a profitable and easily operated enterprise, this unique mobile showroom was retained by the original Mariot family until Spring of 2012, when it was re-discovered by the vendor in its original location as a 'timewarp', still fully intact with all its original features, paintwork and period signwriting. The 'discovery' was then shipped to the renowned classic Citroen restoration specialists 'Citrotech' in Holland, where this specialist team of restorers carried out an exacting mechanical rebuild to the extended Citroen HY chassis and running gear, which forms the mechanical basis of this vintage mobile shop. Once the mechanical side of 'Mariot' was completed, the now fully fit vehicle was trans-shipped it to Drinkwaters in the U.K, commissioning this industry expert to carry out a thorough but sympathetic cosmetic renovation. Completed with Drinkwaters customary painstaking attention to detail, the final touches were applied by the noted artisan, Derek Pennicott, who carefully restored all the original sign-writing by hand. 'Mariot' was then ready for its first assignment at the fabulous Goodwood Revival 2012 meeting, where this unique vehicle was commissioned by Lord March's team to act as the main-event programme sales outlet to the 158,000 historic racing and vintage lifestyle enthusiasts who attend this world-class meeting. The Goodwood Revival meeting's ethos is to create a 'True step back in Time' and therefore nothing gets used on this centre stage that is not 100% genuine and original  'Mariot' certainly fitted Goodwood's bill exactly. 'Mariot' was in fact so well received that it was then invited to serve as a feature display for the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed 'Press Day' at Goodwood House in March of this year  and has subsequently been invited back again to this year's Goodwood Revival meeting in September. 'Mariot' is ready to be used as in its original context as a retail outlet or could easily be converted to your desired specification, be it for food, beverages or retail/promotions/gallery space. It goes without saying that this vehicle is unique  there is none like it on the vintage festival circuit - and it has already proved its credentials at a world-class event (to which it now has an extended invitation). To replicate such an individual vehicle would cost in excess of 100K. Paperwork accompanying this vehicle is a French 'Certificat de situation administrative simple' and a copy of the vehicle's original 'Carte Grise', which will confirm the year of manufacture as 1965 should the vehicle be required to be registered in the U.K  a straightforward procedure via the DVLA. This is much, much more than just a unique classic centrepiece, it has the potential of recouping its investment plus earning its keep  and more  for a very long time to come. A classic case of having one's cake and eating it!

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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number164
Outcome NOT SOLD
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