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1901 HURTU TYPE H 4½HP REAR-ENTRANCE TONNEAU For Sale by AuctionBonhams are delighted to offer at our forthcoming Collectors' Motor Car Auction on Friday 3rd November at The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Sale, New Bond Street, London, 26 veteran motor cars – plus 200 lots of automobilia. The full online catalogue can be viewed at www.bonhams.com/24123. For further images and information on this lot, please follow the link.
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION
1901 HURTU TYPE H 4½HP REAR-ENTRANCE TONNEAU
REGISTRATION NO. NOT UK REGISTERED
CHASSIS NO. 2091
ENGINE NO. 6377
* Long term ownership
* De Dion Bouton-engined
* Eligible for numerous club events
* Attractive light Veteran car
£65,000 - 80,000
€72,000 - 89,000
To be sold without reserve
Like so many of its contemporaries the Neuilly-sur-Seine based Compagnie des Autos et Cycles Hurtu graduated to motor car production from other areas of engineering, in this case the manufacture of sewing machines and cycles, both in themselves wonders of the nineteenth century. Similar vision was evidenced as the company ventured into the world of the new-fangled motor car in 1896, initially being commissioned as agents to build Léon Bollées, before building under licence Benz-type vehicles bearing their own name. A more conventional car appeared in 1900 featuring a fast-revving De Dion Bouton engine and shaft drive and light cars of this ilk, some Aster-powered and some multi-cylinder, were to be the mainstay of production up to the war years.
This example is one of a handful of survivors of Hurtu's 4½hp De Dion Bouton-engined car, with three speed gearing in the rear axle. It carries factory coachwork which is presently configured as a four seater rear entrance tonneau, with light weather protection in the form of a surrey top while its design also provides the option of detachable rear seat section if necessary perhaps for longer distance events when there might be only 'two up'.
As with a number of cars in this group the Hurtu has resided in the collection for a considerable amount of time. In this case it is more than half a century since it was acquired in France in 1961. Accompanying the car is a large file of correspondence and reference material on the model accumulated over those years. In the current ownership the car appears to have received a cosmetic restoration to the present handsome deep red and black scheme and with period style flat black fabric, this having now aged with an appealing patina.
Viewed today, it is clear that Hurtu were very proud of their car for their name is copiously repeated throughout the car on gearbox, brake drums, kicker plates etc. Adding to this are accessories such as Demac side lights on its bulkhead and a steering column mounted bulb horn.
Having not been used in recent years, the precaution of recommissioning is advised, and while it is not VCC dated, the design combined with the date of its De Dion Bouton engine, which fits comfortably into their 1901 series of production, would seem to solidly place that as the year of manufacture for the whole car. Using that date it has previously campaigned the London to Brighton in 1981. Additionally it would also be eligible for events of the popular De Dion Bouton Club UK.
An extremely pretty French veteran car, this should provide an ideal first time Brighton runner with the benefits of propriety mechanical aspects but in a more individual package, as well as being light to transport.