Lot 231 - 1962 Renault Galion 'Ferrari Transporter'
|Odometer reading||18,000 km|
|Result||Sold - £33,600|
The Renault Galion had a 2.5-tonne carrying capacity and was built between 1947 and 1957 and then by its subsidiary Saviem between 1957 and 1965. The new vehicle was produced at Renault's main plant in Boulougne-Billancourt. By 1961, Saviem was producing between 50 and 60 Galions per day and, at the time, they were offered with at least two inline-four engines: the three-litre diesel supplied by Perkins and a two-litre petrol Renault unit with a maximum power output of 56bhp at 3,300rpm. The truck had a rear-wheel drive transmission through a universal joint coupled to a four-speed manual gearbox with a single-disc manually-operated clutch. The suspension was made of leaf springs on both axles, with hydraulic dampers. The steering was a recirculating ball type.
This lefthand drive Galion has recently been mechanically and bodily restored at great expense to its current fabulous Ferrari livery with new seats, brakes and radiator. We are advised that this was the personal transport of Enzo Ferrari himself and, when he graduated into more sporting motorcars, his mother used it to visit relations in the greater Maranello area. On a more serious note, it was imported into this country in 2014 by specialists H-Van World and restored from top to bottom in the hand-painted livery you see here. It is a pick-up variant with folding sides and rear sections. Supplied with a book detailing many journeys and servicing works undertaken in its previous life, it would make an excellent addition to a Ferrari collection and a focal point to any show.
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