Lot 347 - 1934 Hotchkiss Cabourg 413 - Restoration Project
|Odometer reading||45,000 miles|
|Estimate||£6,000 - £11,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,000|
Hotchkiss cars were made between 1903 and 1955 by the French company Hotchkiss et Cie in Saint-Denis, Paris. The badge for the marque showed a pair of crossed cannons, evoking the company's history as an arms manufacturer. The company's first entry into car making came from orders for engine components such as crankshafts, which were supplied to Panhard et Levassor, De Dion-Bouton and other pioneering companies and in 1903 they went on to make complete engines. Encouraged by two major car distributors, Mann and Overton of London and Fournier of Paris, Hotchkiss decided to start making their own range of cars and purchased a Mercedes Simplex for inspiration, Georges Terasse, was taken on as designer. After an attempt to enter the luxury market with the AK, which did not get beyond the prototype stage, the company decided on a one model policy and introduced the Coventry designed AM in 1923. Later that year the Coventry plant was sold to Morris. Henry Ainsworth (1884-1971) and A.H. Wilde who had run it, moved to Paris to become general manager and chief engineer of the car division respectively. In 1926 construction of the new factory in the Boulevard Ornano was completed and Hotchkiss bought a steel pressing company allowing in-house manufacture of bodies. The one model policy lasted until 1929 when the six cylinder AM73 and AM80 models were announced. The AM models were replaced by a new range in 1933 with a new naming system. The 411 was an 11CV model with four cylinder engine, the 413 a 13CV four and the 615, 617 and 620 were similar six cylinder types. The 1936 636, which replaced the 620, was available as the high performance Grand Sport and 1937 Paris-Nice with twin carburettors, these allowed Hotchkiss to win the Monte Carlo Rally in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1939, 1949 and 1950.
This Hotchkiss Cabourg 413 will require some re-commissioning; the bodywork is not showing signs of any serious corrosion however, although the two-tone bright work will require some time and attention. The interior trim is largely intact, but again a little effort will yield big improvements. The current vendor states when last used, the Hotchkiss showed no indication of any major faults. Supplied with a V5 document, one can only imagine the enthusiasm with which this Hotchkiss would recieve, should it be fully restored and taken to across the Channel for a long relaxing lunch.
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