1922 Other Other

Rolland-Pilain Type R Torpédo


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French title
Chassis n° 5206
Engine n° 5097

- Prestigious mark
- Pretty and original bodywork
- Ahead of its time
- No reserve

Rolland-Pilain is one of the most famous, provincial, pre-war brands, thanks to its success in competition, but also for its technical innovations, like the first hydraulic brakes imagined by engineer Chavrier.
It was in 1922 that the Touraine brand offered the Type R, a modern 12hp version, since it had been fitted with an overhead valve 2.3L 4-cylinder engine and benefited from the new hydraulic brake system whose patents had been filed the previous year, a first for a touring car. By the way, one was entered at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1923 and finished 21st place. Offered with different bodies, the most desirable version was the elegant torpedo with tulip body style which is the example we present. It was in 1985 that the car joined a collection of five cars dedicated to the brand and has not left the family since. It is superbly preserved and testifies to the quality of the Rolland Pilain constructions. In the 90s, the engine was rebuilt in the Modern Workshops in Bègles, the brakes, the paint and the running boards benefitting from a refurbishment at the same time. It has since continued to drive on a regular basis, its performance making it possible to plan long journeys. Conform to the original, the car offers a superb patina and an exceptional appearance. This is a real collector's item that deserves the attention of connoisseurs. As the advertisement read at the time "The ace of cars".

Please note that due to an administrative mistake, the body type on the title is saloon, instead of Torpedo.

For more information and photos: https://www.artcurial.com/fr/lot-1922-rolland-pilain-type-r-torpedo-no-reserve-3980-34