1913 Brasier 16hp saloon

panoramique par Marcel Guilloux


  • Baujahr 
  • Automobiltyp 
  • Chassisnummer 
  • Motornummer 
  • Losnummer 
  • Lenkung 
  • Zustand 
  • Innenfarbe 
  • Anzahl der Türen 
  • Zahl der Sitze 
  • Standort
  • Außenfarbe 
  • Getriebe 
  • Antrieb 
  • Kraftstoff 


French title

- Unique and innovative bodywork
- Walled up for almost 60 years!
- Exceptional original condition
- No reserve

From the beginning of the 20th century, the Brasier brand (associated to Richard) has experienced tremendous success in motor-racing, notably by winning the famous Gordon Bennett Cup in 1904 and 1905. From 1905, Brasier became independent while retaining the 4-leaf clover emblem patented by Georges Richard. Known as one of the greatest French makes before 1914, it was well-respected for its manufacturing quality, which is also reflected by our examination on this specific example.
Based on the 16HP chassis, a mid-range model at the time, this automobile has been designed as an elegant and innovative travel saloon with panoramic-view windows, made by coachbuilder Marcel Guilloux of Chalon-sur-Saone. Its first owner, who lived in Beaune, acquired it through Auto-Garage Beaunois Moine & Bahé at the dawn of the First World War. Conscripted into the army, the latter carefully stored his most precious possessions behind walls (including the Brasier) before joining the conflict where he died.
This is how this beautiful saloon car was forgotten for almost 60 years, surrounded by paintings and furniture under the dust of its sealed shed. What a surprise it was for the new owners of the house in the 1970s when they discovered the imposing radiator adorned with the 4-leaf clover behind the wall that they were actually knocking down to extend their living space! Its exceptional original condition then attracted a dealer from Strasbourg who was quick to sell it on. During the 1980s, it was passed into the hands of several enlightened enthusiasts while making an appearance in the "Life Is a Bed of Roses" by Alain Resnais in 1983. Its current owner purchased it in June 2008 at one of Artcurial auctions and has carefully preserved it ever since. It was such a great feeling to rediscover this automobile, of which the original bodywork was repainted simply to avoid any preservation issues. The interior has remained fully original and it is only with admiration that we look at the refinement of its finish: horn handles, automatic roller blinds for each window, folding seats, quality sheets, electric lighting… and of course, when you get behind the imposing steering wheel, the exceptional view from the panoramic windows is staggering. The engine is running one and following a standard service, this exceptional collector's item will be able to go back on the road for future trips which will feel like a journey through time.

Photos © Christophe Gasco

Full set of pictures available on our online catalogue: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1913-brasier-16-hp-limousine-panoramique-par-marcel-guilloux-no-reserve-4058-30