Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis – 1897

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897


Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis – 1897


Marca : Henri Vallée
Modello : Vis-à-Vis
Anno : 1897
Motore N. : J ES 1899
Esemplari prodotti : —
Motore : 2 cilindri
Cilindrata : 2.230 cc
Distribuzione : SV
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Alimentazione : —
Potenza : 4 HP
Top speed Km/h : —


Auction Result
2016 – Londra – RM Sotheby’s – £ 85.120


Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

Henri Vallée worked on the massive steam coach that Amadée Bollée built for the Marquis du Broc in 1885 and set up his own firm at Le Mans to make bicycles in 1890. Five years later, he built a tube-chassis car powered by a two-cylinder horizontal engine of his own manufacture. It was exhibited at the 1895 Cycle Salon in Paris. The following year brought two new models, a four-seat vis-à-vis and a four-seat Victoria.

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

In 1897, he was turning out automobiles of three-, four-, five-, and seven-horsepower, but by 1902, sales of Vallée cars had fallen, so Sté des Automobiles Vallée withdrew to motorcycle manufacture for several years before winding down.

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

The car presented here is one of the four-horsepower models. Reportedly one of only two Vallées known to survive, it was part of the renowned Henri Malartre collection in Lyon until 1970. Today it remains in exceedingly original condition, but for a repaint in green and new black canvas. It also features Bleriot brass lighting and yellow wire wheels.

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

The Veteran Car Club (VCC) of Great Britain dated this car as 1897, according to certificate number 1364, issued in 1974.

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897

 

Henri Vallée Vis-à-Vis - 1897


 

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