1934 CHRIS-CRAFT DELUXE RUNABOUT 19ft Type... - Lot 1 - Osenat

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1934 CHRIS-CRAFT DELUXE RUNABOUT 19ft Type... - Lot 1 - Osenat
1934 CHRIS-CRAFT DELUXE RUNABOUT 19ft Type : 27 Length : 5,70 m Width : 1,84 m Weight : approx. 995 kg Number of seat(s) : 6 Engine : Chris-Craft Hercules model K Type: 6 cylinders in line Displacement : 3,9 l. Power : 95 hp. Founded in 1922, the Chris-Craft shipyard has reigned unchallenged for decades on the world motorboat industry. An undisputed pioneer in its field, the company had to invent everything in order to impose itself. For a long time, the name "Chris-Craft" was used to designate any fast boat. The brand first appeared in the press with an advertisement offering four different models, an unprecedented event in a field where each boat was generally a single order. It was the first affirmation of an innovative strategy in the very conservative yachting industry reserved for the elite. The idea of the Smith family, founders of the shipyard, seems very simple today: to make quality boats available at "reasonable" prices thanks to economies of scale and mass production. We can consider that Chris-Craft is the inventor of the boating industry and the success is there since the middle of the 1920's with an offer which does not stop growing. In 1934 and despite the aftermath of the 1929 crisis, the company's catalog already included more than a dozen references in the runabout category, not to mention numerous cruisers and utilities. In order to develop, Chris-Craft also started exporting, in particular to Europe, with the creation of a first network of distributors, so much so that the brand was exhibited at the Paris Boat Show in 1930 and represented in Paris throughout the year. In the range of the time, evolving little technically or aesthetically from one vintage to the next, the Deluxe 19ft represents the mid/top of the range model par excellence with its comfortable habitability and its simple and reasonable luxury finishes, not ostentatious, typical of the classic Chris-Craft of before the Second World War. Its top speed exceeds 55 kilometers per hour. The example presented here has the particularity of having been stored for a long time in a building of the port of Le Havre after its importation in France. Acquired by Jean Van Praet in the early 1990's, this Chris-Craft 19ft was restored shortly afterwards by Pierre Grandclément's workshops in Saint-Malo. Its original Chrysler engine was replaced by a six-cylinder Chris-Craft "K" of the same power but more recent, a good choice, this workhorse of the firm during decades being of a particularly recognized reliability.
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