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From the Estate of Tony Chesters
The Paris-based CGV Company was formed in 1901, and is the fortunate result of a brief partnership between three noted racing drivers of the time, Fernand Charron, Léonce Girardot, and Émile Voigt, who each achieved success piloting Panhard et Levassor cars in late 19th century competition. Leaving Panhard behind to launch their new enterprise, the three drew from their experience at speed and improved upon the front-engine, rear shaft-drive “Système Panhard,” with lower-slung designs. Four-cylinder engines coupled with three- and four-speed gearboxes, the cars made good power for the time and enjoyed ease of operation.
Although it never saw production, CGV’s notoriety was greatly increased by creating one of the world’s first straight-eight cylinder engines, which was the talk of the 1902 Paris Salon. CGV’s reputation for quality soon earned the company an enviable clientele of titled, royal, and wealthy customers including the King of Portugal and various members of the British aristocracy. Many were sold in the US under the name American CGV, and a few may also have been assembled in the States, utilizing American coachwork. Unfortunately, the partnership was short-lived, and beginning in 1907, the cars were badged simply as “Charron.”
Although little is known about this CGV Landaulet’s earliest years, according to correspondence in the accompanying history file, the Landaulet was discovered in the US in unrestored condition and, following its importation to the UK, an extensive restoration was undertaken to return the car to the road. Numerous photographs included with the sale document the extent of the work, as do receipts and work orders detailing mechanical and cosmetic work. After joining the consignor’s collection in about 2010, further improvements were made to the car’s mechanicals and the luxurious rear compartment was re-trimmed.
This remarkable CGV is fitted with charming open front coachwork and an elaborate folding rear section, allowing the owner to enjoy open-air motoring in traditional Edwardian elegance. Believed to be one of just seven surviving CGVs, this fascinating and beautiful motorcar is a testament to its era as well as to those who created it.
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