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Automobiles G.A.R. began building cyclecars in 1921 in the town of Clichy, west of Paris. Development of the lightweight racing cars progressed using four-cylinder engines with superchargers and overhead camshafts. In 1926, G.A.R. entered the Bol d’Or, a 24-hour race for motorcycles and cyclecars limited to 1,100 cc capacity. All the G.A.R.s completed the race, proving their reliability. Building on this success, the company moved to larger facilities to begin building engines of their own specifications to enhance product offerings and racing opportunities. G.A.R. successfully built an inline eight-cylinder powered model, the B5, priced at 26,000 French francs, an exorbitant amount for 1930.

Very few G.A.R. automobiles were built, and only three of the Type B5 are believed to exist today, such as this beautiful roadster example offered. The B5 is able to reach speeds of 130 kph (80 mph), but by 1930 its performance was easily surpassed by offerings from other French manufacturers, including Bugatti and Voisin. G.A.R. ceased activities in 1934.

The history of chassis 795 is unknown until its purchase in 1970 by the great Serge Pozzoli. He retained the G.A.R. until 1994, when it was acquired by a private collector who eventually sold it to the Mullin Collection in 2011. The Roadster was restored and displayed at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® and subsequently at the Mullin Automotive Museum. The opportunity to acquire a rare G.A.R. such as this B5 will surely not come again.

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