Lot 242 - 1967 Méan Can-am
|Odometer reading||98,196 km|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,300|
The Méan Motor Engineering Company was a Belgian manufacturer founded by Jacques D’Heur of road going and track cars. The Liége based outfit started producing vehicles in 1966 and by the end of 1971 the company was renamed Liberta Engineering SA with production ending in 1974. Born in 1938 Jacques D’Heur was sent to Italy after his studies, the trip was made by train, not to Perugia as initially planned, but to Modena where at a level crossing, he saw a dozen Maserati’s. He got off at the next station and naturally went there. The Italians amused by the audacity of this ‘little Belgian’ hired him. He would thus learn mechanics and of course Italian. He learned so much that he became a mechanic at the 24 hour Le Mans. Whilst in Italy, he also worked for Scaglietti, the coachbuilder for Enzo Ferrari. It was in 1964 that he built his first body mould in the basement of the family home. In December of the same year, he founded the company ‘Méan Motor Engineering’ and offered a car with a multi-tubular chassis, powered by a Ford Cortina GT engine coupled to a Volkswagen gearbox. In 1966, two models were designed and manufactured: an ‘Aquila’ coupé and a ‘Sonora’ spider with a strictly flat rear cover, fixed roll-bar, removable roof panel and engine in central position. D’Heur’s passion was always speed, he designed the Méan Barquette and Can-am.
This Can-am was manufactured in 1967 and is powered by a 1177cc NSU overhead camshaft engine with fuel being delivered by four side draught Weber carburettors. In 1999 the car was issued with FIA papers. We are advised by the vendor this is a very exciting car to drive with its very low centre of gravity, almost ‘go-kart’ like. The fibreglass coachwork is curvaceous and aerodynamic as well as offering excellent access to the engine compartment. This Méan Can-am is currently road registered in Belgium and can only be described as a piece of motoring history as well as being exceptionally rare.
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