Sizaire-Naudin is a rare survivor at Charterhouse April auction in Sherborne

Included in the Charterhouse Veteran, Vintage & Classic Car, Motorbike & Automobilia Auction in Sherborne on Saturday 12th April is a 1909 Sizaire-Naudin Voiturette Model G, which is one of only two known surviving models.

blue-car.jpg“This vehicle has been in the vendor’s ownership for over 40 years. It had languished in a wood for over 20 years before being rescued by a previous owner in 1951. The wood had not been kind to it as a large hedge had grown over the car and it took three evenings of hard labour to eventually pull it out.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “The vehicle was then restored and purchased by our vendor in 1967. Soon after this, the vendor, who is a mining engineer, moved to work in Malaysia and shipped the car with him. Having returned to England, the vehicle was fully restored again in 1994/95. In 1996, it was shipped to New Zealand to complete in a 1000 km rally!”

This Sizaire-Naudin, which has travelled far and wide, has also been featured in specialist magazines including Old Car in 1964 telling the tale of its discovery in a wood, and more recently The Automobile in 2000.

“As a company, we travel far and wide to help and advise clients on their vehicles, and this is one of the older cars I have come across recently.” Commented Richard Bromell. “That being said, it does feature engineering which we see in the everyday cars of today such as independent front suspension, it even has a gearbox combined with the back axle à la Lotus and BRM racing cars. However, with a 1,584 cc single cylinder engine without an accelerator (a large lever in the centre of the steering wheel operates a sliding cam device in the crankcase which alters the tappet clearance on the inlet valve – decreasing the clearance increases the speed), wooden wheels and a hand operated brake, I feel certain it will provide a very different driving experience!”

Also entered into the sale in Sherborne on Saturday 12th April are the unusual such as a 1916 American LaFrance fire engine from San Francisco £14,000-18,000 to a Jaguar XK150 £20,000-25,000 and an AC Cobra replica with a massive 5700cc V8 engine professionally built at £12,000-15,000 which are always firm favourites.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for this important motoring auction. Please contact Matthew Whitney or Richard Bromell, Partner at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3BS, 01935 812277.