1900 Voiturette Bertrand Type C

General information:

The Bertrand cars were manufactured from 1899 or 1900 till 1902 by Bertrand & Cie in Paris. There are different information available concerning the name of the company. "MM. Bertrand et Cie" or "C. Bertrand et Cie" are used in various articles. Most content says that Bertrand et Cie was located 150 Avenue Malakoff in Paris. But our car was built at 198 Boulevard Pereire.

 

Original photo from 1901, Voiturette Bertrand Type C


The smallest model was a 3.5/4.5 H.P, also called the 4 H.P. car. This car was equipped with a De Dion engine. The strongest model used a 6 H.P. Aster engine. Both models were belt-driven. Open bodies for 2 or 4 passengers were available. The 6 H.P. model won 1901 the Moscow - Sankt Petersburg race in its class.


History and data of our car:

Year of construction: 1899/1900

Chassis #: 54

Factory: Paris, France

Type: C, voiturette, 2 seater

Cylinder: 1, front mounted watercooled

De Dion engine #: 993

Power: 4 PS, 40 km/h

Capacity: 400 cm

Gearbox: Manual 2V, no reverse, belt-driven

 


Our Voiturette Bertrand was found in January 2014 in Aurillac, Central France. The car was sold by its 85 year old owner. The light mono-cylinder vehicle had been owned by his family since 1929. However, there was only one photo available which shows the car in its original colour.

The pre-owner started the restoration ten years ago. Most of the mechanical work had been done. The woodwork is in incorrect condition and will be restored in the near future. The idea is to restore the car and to drive it at the London-Brighton run.

Wikipedia says that Worldwide only one car survived. This is incorrect. There is one car in France (see: La vie de l´auto N° 896) and our car which seems to bee the oldest one. If you have any information on where this car could be, please let us know.

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