vineri, 26 februarie 2016

Créanche Type A Voiturette 1900 - World Of Classic Cars -

Créanche Type A Voiturette 1900

The French firm Sté L. Créanche of Courbevoie, Seine, built its first cars in 1899. A four-horsepower De Dion single-cylinder engine was mounted to a subframe and drove the rear wheels through a three-speed belt transmission and double chain final drive. The subframe was moved fore and aft, tightening and loosening the belts in operation, obviating the need for a separate clutch. Water-cooling and electric ignition were employed. By 1904, Créanche offered five models from 8 to 30 horsepower, some with shaft drive. Production ceased, however, in 1906.
Créanche Type A Voiturette 1900

This remarkable Créanche Voiturette is believed to be one of two survivors of the marque, the other being a quadricycle in England. It has been restored from an original car, the engine, chassis, wheels, and bulkhead rebuilt and refinished as necessary. The body was reconstructed in 1972 to the original pattern by coachbuilder Langenthal of Berne, Switzerland. Founded by Fritz Grogg in 1888 as a builder of horse-drawn transport, Langenthal progressed to automobile coachwork and latterly commercial vehicle bodies.