Amilcar CC circa 1922

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15000 - 20000 EUR
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Result : 43 200EUR
Amilcar CC circa 1922
Engine n°742 Chassis n°630 Bodywork Duval Needs tone registered. A child's dream. Some cars have a more beautiful history than others, this Amilcar's is quite succulent. When we discovered this car, many feelings came to mind. The first was joy, to see that it was still possible, in 2022, to find pre-war cars that have been completely off the radar of the treasure hunters who have been scouring France for decades. The second was the astonishment of seeing the state and the line of this CC, almost intact, despite seventy years of immobilization. This makes this Amilcar a little candie, to be enjoyed without moderation. Back in the past, here we are on November 2, 1927, the last trace where our research led us. Henri Beaupertuis, living in Castillon sur Dordogne (today Castillon-la-Bataille) registers our Amilcar. He use of it until 1936, when he sold the car to Pierre Mathieu of Wasquehal (the Saint-Christophe plate on the car still bears his name), on 10 August 1936 to be exact. We know that the Mathieu family had a second home in the Arcachon bassin. It is therefore likely that the car was used for the holiday home and that it never wore out its rubber on the roads of the North. Here we are now in the fifties, Mr Pierre Mathieu is still the owner of the Amilcar which is located next to the Arcachon basin. A young boy on holiday often passes his neighbour's house and sees a beautiful sport car sleeping there. He passes by hundreds of times, and the car never leaves his mind. Twenty years later, in 1972, as a young man, he plucked up the courage to ask Mr Mathieu's widow if she wanted to part with the car, to which she replied positively. Now his childhood dream is becoming true. He's sure to get it running again soon. The little four-cylinder is not equipped for a starter, which corresponds with its small number in the series and the chassis number, it is to be noted that it is not blocked. The bordino tail is particularly beautiful on this example, and the wings that run from the front to the rear of the CC in one line give it a sublime profil. Amilcar made a name for itself in the 1920s with its small, light, sporty cars and cyclecars, which were as fast as larger cars. It should be remembered that at that time France was emerging from the war with difficulty. The government was trying to revive the economy through industry and of course the car. It created a regulation on cyclecars that reduced the annual tax on this new category of small cars. This led to many manufacturers starting to produce cyclecars. These original and simplistic creations were the result of a compromise between the motorbike and the small car. Numerous cyclecars will be noticed in competitions. The Amilcar adventure was born from the meeting of four men: André Morel and Edmond Moyet for the technical part and Emile Akar and Joseph Lamy for the financial part (whose anagram will give Amilcar). The brand's first product presented at the Paris Salon in 1921 was the type CC, which recalls the pre-war Le Zèbre car, as its designer Edmond Moyet was previously an employee of the brand. It is a two-seater with a featherweight of 350 kg driven by a 903 cm3 four-cylinder engine with side valves developing 23 hp with a three-speed gearbox. The U-axle with wood insert gave way to its improved version, which equipped some CCs and the CS In the rear boot we found : wheel keys, soft top and cover as well as the Saga magneto wrapped in outdated newspaper. The dashboard is complete, with the Saint-Christophe of Pierre Mathieu whose widow sold the car in 1972 to the current owner. The overall condition of the car is quite stunning given its original state, all the wood we could observe is sound and the body is virtually free of perforating corrosion. But fate is sometimes capricious. Unluckily for him, and perhaps luckily for us, the restoration/restarting of the car will never be carried out and it is with a small amount of regret that the young man from the 1950s saw his Amilcar leave the garage, where it had been hibernating since 1972. The wooden frame of the tip is in very good condition. Low headlight to illuminate the road, directional arrows, bakelite button, traction style gear lever, are all testimonies of the post-war reuse of the car. It is a car that has been untouched for seventy years that we are presenting today, it represents a small history of the automobile adventure, that of the 1920s of course, but also that of the post-war years. Last but not least, the adventure continues in 2022 and it promises to be thrilling. So get yourtools, it's high time to bring this Amilcar back to life... And make a childhood dream come true!
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