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Wednesday 17 April 2019

Footman James Concours d’Elegance pre-1925 entries. The Talbot Roi-Des-Belges Tourer and the Ford Model T Tanker

The Footman James Concours d’Elegance at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb is a highlight of the event with exquisite vehicles to be judged by an expert panel as well as attendees. This year the theme is “Through the Ages” and two exciting vehicles from each time period will be on show. The first era is pre-1925 and we are delighted to announce that Footman James has found us two remarkable machines.

Talbot Roi-Des-Belges Tourer

This luxury carriage was built in 1911 in the manufacturer’s London facility, which at the time covered six and a half acres of land. The car was not completed there, however, because this Talbot was destined to head around the globe to Australia. The duty for completed vehicles was very steep and so Talbot opted to send only the chassis. Upon arriving, the chassis was delivered to Issac Phizackerley, who was the main importer and dealer of Talbot for the Australian market. Phizackerley owned a coach building company and they completed the vehicle to the original London design.

The Talbot Roi-Des-Belges Tourer was fitted with a 15hp Bore and Stroke engine, rear wheel breaking, Rushmore brass acetylene headlamps and Powell & Hanmer oil side lamps. Although the Roi-Des-Belges had no instruments fitted, it did feature an air horn (whistle) operated by a lever on the dashboard and runs of air from the number four cylinder.

The story of the Roi-Des-Belges story was unknown until the 1960s. Since then its ownership has been recorded and in 2014 the Talbot Roi-Des-Belges Tourer made its way back to the UK. Its current owner purchased the vehicle on the 3rd December 2014 at the Chateau Impney H&H Auction. It was in very poor condition - reportedly carried into the auction in pieces. This began an epic journey of restoration which brought the Talbot up to its current stunning condition. During the restoration, for safety reasons, electric indicators were fitted as well as a starter motor to avoid having to use the starting handle. Despite these small concessions to modernity, this is as a fantastic example of a 1911 coach building. But will it be your favourite? 

Model T Petrol Tanker

The Ford Model T  (colloquially known as the Tin Lizzie, Leaping Lena, jitney or flivver) is one of the most iconic pre-1925 cars. It was produced from 1908 to 1926 and is widely considered the first affordable motorcar. Its affordability was due to Ford’s revolutionary assembly line production.

Henry Ford wanted the Model T to be all the car you would ever need.  Consequently, Ford designed the Model T to be as much a tractor and portable engine as it was an automobile.  It was able to tackle rocky and muddy farm lanes, cross a shallow stream and climb a steep hill. The Model T could  be parked on its side and a pulley fastened for a flat belt to drive a bucksaw, thresher, silo blower,  water pump, electrical generator, and many other applications.

The versatility of the Model T facilitated a wide range of commercial applications. To meet demand, the Model TT chassis went into production in 1917.  This was a direct development of the standard Model T.  Ford used a four-cylinder engine, producing 22hp and mated to a coil ignition with two-speed (plus reverse) epicyclical gearbox, this did not make for the fastest machine topping out at 20mph.

The Shell fuel tanker (pictured) is an all original tanker that has been fully restored in recent years.  It was at one time part of the well-known Essex based Sharpe Collection and was purchased by its present owner in 2007.

This stunning vehicle is testament to Ford’s outstanding designs.  But will it be your favourite?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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