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Lot 024: Chenard Walcker 10hp Type F1

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (13 July 2011)

Ernest Chenard and Henri Walcker began making cars in 1900 in Asnières-sur-Seine, moving to a new factory in Gennevilliers in 1908. By the time war broke out in 1914, they were one of the top 10 car makers in France with a range of models from 2- to 4.5-litres in size and a lucrative contract to provide most of the taxis in Paris. The war years were spent making Hispano-Suiza aircraft engines but car manufacture was soon resumed and in 1923 a Chenard Walcker 3-Litre won the very first Le Mans 24-Hour race. By 1925 they were the fourth largest car maker in France, going into partnership with Delahaye in in 1927. By 1936 they were having financial difficulties and were finally taken over by Peugeot in 1946. This particular Chenard Walcker 10hp Type F1 dates from 1927 and is powered by a 1,745cc four-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed gearbox. The car was extensively restored in 1990 and was acquired by the current vendor in 2007 since when it has been in regular use including tours of Normandy and Brittany. It has two seats at the front and a dicky seat at the rear but the owner has also installed two box seats behind the front bench seat so the car can carry six in comfort. He states that although the car is not fast (40-50mph), it has always proved very reliable and is due to have a fresh MOT before the sale. Believed to be one of only around 100 Chenard Walckers still surviving today, this rare car is sure to prove a talking point at any vintage event.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
Lot Number024
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration number
Chassis number50890
Engine numberF8 71473
Engine capacity (cc)1745
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2