- Exciting Indian heritage
- Beautifully restored
- Rare model
La Salle was part of General Motors and their top brand next to Cadillac. La Salle was a sportier and more agile alternative compare to Cadillacs. Fitted with Cadillac engines La Salle were sold through the same dealership network and were available also with custom built bodies from Fleetwood, Le Baron and Fisher.
Delivered to General Motors Export Co, Bombay, India, the La Salle on offer was ordered in right hand drive, with a special Fleetwood roadster body and a dickey seat.
Who placed the order to buy the car is still unknown but it must have been an Indian dignitary or maharajah as the car is fitted with two huge spotlights to facilitate night time tiger hunting. The car's Indian history unfortunately remains clouded. The car re-surfaces when it is imported from Pakistan and put on the S/S Caledonia, docking in the United Kingdom on5th May 1951. It remained in England where it has two different owners. It is later seen at the American car rally at Beaulieu on 8th September 1963 and therefore featured in the Beaulieu Gazette where we can read "Mr Hoare turned up in his impressive La Salle Roadster originally supplied to a Maharajah in India as a hunting car and still wearing enormous hunting spotlights on the scuttle". Mr Hoare, from Totnes, Devon, kept the car until 1979 when it is sold to a certain Mr Liesse in Belgium. The Salle is on the cover of a French magazine "Fanauto" in 1986.
The car is subsequently sold to a French collector in 1988. It appeared on the cover of "La vie de Auto" in 2003. In 2006 the car on offer is sold in Italy where it undergoes a full restoration and put back into original configuration.
This is a truly beautiful roadster with an exciting Indian provenance which would surely guarantee an entry to important Concours d' Elegance in the world where it will cause a stir.