Lot 277 - 1924 13063 Grand Sport
|Odometer reading||26,905 km|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £24,080|
A World War I pilot, Robert Sénéchal began making light sporting cars in 1921, often racing them himself and compiling 51 wins in 56 races during 1922-23. He went on to become a full-time driver with a subsidiary of Chenard et Walcker contracted to build Sénéchals. The last ones were probably made in 1929. Primitive but effective, Sénéchal used the simplest engines he could get and mounted them on the most primitive chassis possible with excellent results. The first Sénéchal, the B4, had a ruby 900cc, four-cylinder engine. This was soon renamed the Sport and accompanied by a bigger 975cc Grand Sport. Given the styling, performance and background of Robert Sénéchal, these cars were obviously designed to be sporting in nature.
Trevor Pask acquired this example in 1975 in a half-restored condition and continued the process from his extensive garaging in Stoke Poges. It is reported to have been extremely reliable since and completed many rallies and events both in this country and in France over the last 30 years. Indeed on a visit to France in 1978, the vendor called upon Robert Sénéchal, who was then in his eighties and who then proceeded to regale them with tales of his brilliant and successful life as a racing driver, a highlight of which was winning The Bol d'Or race in 1923, 1924 and 192 in a car of his own manufacture and bearing his own name. Quite an achievement!
The car itself presents in truly excellent condition throughout with typical flared cycle wings and an external side exhaust and claxon. This boat tail speedster was originally sold by Léon Molon of Le Grand Garage de la Borse in La Havre. The dash is of wood design with an aluminium plate to hold the Jaeger speedometer and 36hr clock. The correct wood rimmed, four-spoke aluminium steering wheel is fitted and the black leather interior is in very good order throughout. A period calorimeter can be found atop the radiator. There is a history file available which contains a number of previous MoT test certificates and information pertaining to this extremely well presented example.
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