- Very rare on the market
- Known history
- Good working condition
Alexandre Darracq was born in Bordeaux in 1855. At the age of 24, he managed the HURTU and HAUTIN factories, specialised in the manufacture of sewing machines, then in 1891 he founded "GLADIATOR", a bicycle construction company which was to be very successful. He then turned his attention to the automobile industry and had a vast factory built at 33 Quai de Suresnes and created the automobile brand "PERFECTA". In 1901 he met with success with a single-cylinder car of 785 cm3, called type C. 1,200 examples were built. Alexandre Darracq was then interested in competition. In 1903, in the infamous PARIS - MADRID, stopped at BORDEAUX, the Darracqs took 2nd and 3rd place in the light car category. Henry Farman, before he also started building cars and especially aircraft, won the Grand Prix of PAU, then the Grand Prix of NICE on a Darracq. The brand was absorbed by the SUNBEAM-TALBOT group in 1920 and the Talbot-Darracq emblem survived for a few years on the radiator grills, before disappearing completely on the eve of the Second World War. Alexandre Darracq, who lived in Monaco, died in 1931 at the age of 76.
The car presented here was manufactured in the Suresnes factories in 1924. Type 12/32 HP, its engine number is 56893, chassis no. 5769, cc 1598 - Model DC Tourer 3 speeds - 2 seats + a spare seat in the rear pointed "Tail Boat". Exported to England, it then spent almost 20 years in New Zealand, where its bodywork was reworked in the 1980s by an aluminium specialist bodybuilder to give it this "boat" type rear end. The red leather seats with inlaid buttons, Chesterfield type, are in perfect condition. Just like the whole car, bodywork and mechanics. The soft top has also been redone and the frame as well. This car participated in the Main Land Classic Tour, New Zealand Rally. Back in England, it was bought in 2009 by a Frenchman and then in 2016 was sold to a collector from Tours who puts it on sale today. The car has a normal car registration document and a valid technical control. It is sold with a "Press book" which relates all the interventions it has known, as well as invoices, letters and research of the owners, photos of its restoration, certificates etc...
Aguttes – Auction House in Paris
The Autumn Sale 2020 / 13th of December