1950 Hotchkiss Type 686 S 49

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35 000 - 45 000 €
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Result : 57 600 €

1950 Hotchkiss Type 686 S 49

Chassis no. 85386
"Gascogne" 20 hp transformed into "Provence" 20 hp
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It is a "Gascogne" sedan transformed by the well-known "wizard" of the Hotchkiss club: Mr Morel de Provins. At the request of the club members, he carried out 3 transformations more than 20 years ago. This is one of the 3 models.
The proposed model has also undergone some modifications that are not visible for the comfort of its owner, a great fan of the brand.
A rack-and-pinion steering system has been installed, as well as an electric fuel pump. A very discreet and practical fog light for night rallies. A reversing light has been installed, which is also very useful. A hidden indicator light indicates the level of brake fluid. A cigar lighter is also under the dashboard, very handy for connecting a GPS. The ignition is electronic. The tank is made of stainless steel, as well as the exhausts. The owner's wish was to be sure to return at the end of each rally! The mechanics have always been maintained at Mr Morel, the man of the middle way! A barrel cover system has been manufactured to cover the rear seats. Another surprise: when you operate the window crank, it only moves a few centimetres and operates a power window system!
It was on a beautiful sunny afternoon that we tried this car, stripped of its top. We were able to appreciate the charm of driving such a car, and the power reserves of its engine if we wanted to compete with the modern cars around us. It should be remembered that the 686 S 49 was tested in Montlhéry in 1949 where it had reached 135 km/h. The "middle ground" brand was aimed at a bourgeois and thoughtful clientele who wanted a high quality product with an unostentatious, even harsh style, but whose design and above all construction qualities enabled Hotchkiss to win six times at the Monte Carlo rally.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire this vehicle in the same hands for more than 20 years.
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