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Lot 237: 1958 Satecmo Eolia

"Legende et Passion", Coys (10 May 2008)

When in 1953 at the Paris Motor Show French industrialist Andre-Georges Claude was unable to find a lightweight, high performance French car, he decided to build his own with the emphasis on quality, comfort and safety. As his Satecmo company, based in the French capital, already specialised in supplying tuning equipment for the Renault 4CV - Claude, an enthusiastic driver who had competed in the Tour de France, Alpine Rally and the Mont Ventoux Hillclimb, had also raced a Satecmo modified 4CV in the 1951 Le Mans 24 Hours - modified versions of the latter's components were the obvious choice. For the chassis he designed a box section unit incorporating the Renault's coil spring/swing axle suspension at the rear, but with the addition of two diagonal radius arms, while at the front the 4CV's twin wishbones were employed with an anti-roll bar; telescopic dampers were fitted all round. Power came from a Renault Dauphine 845cc engine, mid-mounted, and modified by Alpine tuner Marc Mignotet to produce 69bhp at 6,200rpm, which was mated to a Claude designed, non-synchromesh five speed gearbox with 'reverse gate' change, a unit also built under licence and used by French specialist sports car producer Alpine. Retardation was taken care of by twin circuit aluminium Monopole drum brakes. Clothing all of this was a lightweight, aerodynamically efficient and magnesium alloy body with the A-posts specifically positioned to create the minimum of blind spots and with two prominent and distinctive vertical fins either side of the rear window, all of which had been successfully tested in Paris' famous Eiffel wind tunnel. Underneath, the body was smooth-surfaced to further help airflow while the interior was pressurised like that of an aircraft - the Plexiglass glass windows were permanently fixed closed - and heated and ventilated by air fed though purpose-made ducting. Although completed in 1954, it wasn't until October 1958 that this one and only Satecmo was finally officially approved for the road. Given the model name Eolia, after Eolius, the god of the winds in classical mythology, it was certainly no slouch and was capable of 104mph and with acceleration to match. But although Claude had aspirations of putting the car into limited production for sale in America and also courted Renault to produce the Eolia as a luxurious competition model, nothing came of either idea; nor did his hopes of running the Satecmo at Le Mans. Claude's technically advanced car thus remained forever a one-off and, having fitted specially-made ventilated front disc brakes in 1960, he eventually sold the Satecmo to a young engineer seven years later. Little used by him, it remained in storage in south-west France until it was discovered by the current owner in 2004 who, together with his son, finally acquired the car in 2006. Now offered for sale for the first time since, and extensively featured in the April 2007 issue of Classic & Sports Car magazine, this highly distinctive and quintessentially French sports car, which is beautifully and professionally built with extraordinary attention to detail, is presented in excellent original condition. Finished in dark blue with blue interior, and with just 14,000 kilometres covered from new, this is a unique opportunity to acquire a truly unique machine that would be eligible for and no doubt most welcome in many European historic events. Cette voiture unique et exceptionnel date de 1954 et porte une carrosserie aérodynamique en magnésium. La voiture a peu tournée et a été découverte dans un stockage en 2004. De couleur bleu fonce elle n'a parcouru que 14,000 km et est prt a participer dans des événements historiques.

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Auction "Legende et Passion"
Coys, Monaco
Lot Number237
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Chassis number167S87S
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