Lot 142 - 1957 Tourette Supreme
|Odometer reading||1,370 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £31,360|
The Tourette was a microcar by Carr Brothers of Purley, London manufactured between 1956 and 1958 and was first shown at the Earl's Court motor show in November 1956. It had a three-wheeled, rounded body that was available either in aluminium on an ash frame or in fibreglass. The car was powered by a two-stroke 197cc Villiers engine driving through a four-speed gearbox with top speed claimed to be 55mph. The single rear wheel was mounted in a pivotal fork and the front-wheel movement was controlled by hydraulically damped spring units; final drive was by chain. A single bench seat provided accommodation for two adults and a child with some luggage space behind the seat. In 1958, the purchase price was an eye-watering £386-10s-5d. Only 26 units are believed to have been produced.
This is a genuine Tourette Supreme and was originally registered on 4th December 1957. Microcar collectors and enthusiasts will appreciate the rarity of such a car, this is thought to be one of only three surviving cars worldwide although recently a number of reproduction cars have been produced. The quirkiness of these almost 'spacecraft' like vehicles has to be seen to be appreciated. The vendor searched long and hard to find this example and it has been featured in many of the articles written about Tourettes. We are advised the 197cc Villiers engine runs well and 136 PMH is fitted with the reverse gear option-engaged by running the engine backwards. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this little gem has been in a private collection for a number of years.
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