Monstrous Minerva steals the show at Historics for sheer spectacle and noise
Most surely the loudest and most spectacular consignment to come to sale at Historics 21st September auction is a 1924 Minerva…but not quite like one would expect.
The luxury Belgium car maker that first opened its doors in 1902 was known for the production of high-quality bikes, motorcycles and cars and was not noted especially for high-performance.
Nevertheless, the company’s history became more colourful during WW1 when Minerva cars were used for hit-and-run attacks against the enemy, initially with rifle fire and light machine guns from simply-protected open-topped models.
But even this notable piece of history pales into insignificance compared with the Minerva that Historics is delighted to bring to the market….
In stark contrast to the serene manner of the pre-WW2 Minerva, this unique example – a 1924 Minerva Liberty Special - is propelled by a monster 27-litre V12 Liberty engine that saw military service in a tank.
“It will overshadow any other car in your collection and occupy pole position at any car show, concours event or gathering of like-minded motoring enthusiasts. Turn up to the local pub in this and you’ll not need to buy a drink ever again. There is only Minerva Liberty Special and only one chance to acquire it.”
Its 400 horsepower tells part of the story on paper but the real theatre begins after the elaborate starting technique culminates in series of explosions and a cacophony of mechanical noise, accompanied by smoke and flames that erupt from the open exhaust pipes.
This is a car full of contrasts. Raucous with a terrifying presence on the one hand; built with enormous finesse and exquisite attention to detail on the other.
Presented in truly magnificent condition throughout beneath its polished aluminium skin, it's a pure work of art to examine at close quarters and its specification is astounding. The present owner has lavished immense time, attention and money to ensure that this unique Minerva ticks all the boxes and all the senses.
Edward Bridger-Stille, Historics’ Auction Director, sums it up perfectly: “It will overshadow any other car in your collection and occupy pole position at any car show, concours event or gathering of like-minded motoring enthusiasts. Turn up to the local pub in this and you’ll not need to buy a drink ever again. There is only Minerva Liberty Special and only one chance to acquire it.”
Click on the following link to read about Niall Julian's encounter with the MInerva for his on-line news magazine 'Take to the Road'
And Lizzie Pope of Classic & Sports Car had some great words to say about it too:
*** Click the link below to see the Minerva fired up and on the move ***