Lot n° 25
10000 - 15000
Result with fees
: 9 600EUR
.Unic J3 Torpédo carrosserie MOM circa 1921 / Sans réserve
Chassis n° 28132
MOM bodywork knownfor working on Bugatti, Omega, Voisin, Delahaye...
Ex Luigi Rendo
To be registered
The baron's mark.
Some cars reveal their secrets with more difficulty than others. This Unic gave us a hard time. The documents we had access to presented the car as a L2N type, which seemed unlikely given the radiator, the water pipe and other small details. However, as Unic is known for using common parts in all its models, anything was possible.
The cockpit is reduced to its simplest form. The less artifice there is, the less breakdowns there are (mechanic's motto).
The upholstery has a nice patina, but is unfortunately torn in some places at the front and rear. The soft top will have to be changed.
The J3 model appeared to be the most likely one because of the shape of the engine, the radiator used and the serial number stamped on the front axle. We were finally convinced when we found another J3 with its engine plate stamped with the type "J3" and engine number 319. Ours was numbered 254 and the engine plate was stamped type "3", so we realised that the J had forgotten to be stamped on our plate at the time leading to confusion in the 1980s.
The 4 cylinder is complete and runs freely. Having not run for several decades, a check and restart is in order.
Founded in 1905 by Georges Richard, a mechanical pioneer, Unic is a French car manufacturer at the origin of many innovations and just as many patents. Much later, Unic would become Iveco, abandoning the cars whose qualities were not to be proven: constant flow carburettor, belt clutch, gearbox with sealed housing...
The owner's plate still located on the dashboard sheds light on the car's early life. It belonged to Mr Coquet, a resident of Sarcey in the Rhône. It then went to Italy and was sold to Luigi Rendo by Patrizio Simili in the early 1980s. He undertook a major restoration of the car immediately after its purchase (photo available). Finally, the Unic was returned to its native country by entering a prestigious collection a few years ago. Although it has only covered a few kilometres since its restoration in the 1980s, it will need some little work to get it back on the road again to participate in rallies.
This car lives up to its name, as it was bodied by MOM, that makes of it one of the few surviving cars made by the Levallois-Perret coachbuilder. This is a great opportunity to drive a reliable car with a unique bodywork.
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