vineri, 26 februarie 2016

Raynaud Vis-à-Vis Prototype 1896 - World Of Classic Cars -

Raynaud Vis-à-Vis Prototype 1896

Unfortunately, history has not given prominence the automotive exploits of Claude Raynaud of Flayosc, a town in the Var Department of France. His name turns up with regard to a proposal for a hydroelectric facility there in 1903, though oddly not in conjunction with automobiles or in any known histories written of the French motor industry. This is surprising because, considering the date certified by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain, it would make this unique vis-à-vis a very advanced type of motor car. Gear transmissions were hardly heard of in 1896, and the same was true for wheel steering. In fact, this car has two wheels on the steering column, the lower one for selecting gears. The French manufacturer Audibert et Lavirotte would introduce such a feature about two years later.
Raynaud Vis-à-Vis Prototype 1896

According to the consignor, this car was discovered by Jacques Vincent in Southern France in 1975. It is original aside from a repaint in its original colour and has new solid rubber tyres, as well as the original hubcaps, engraved ‘Raynaud-Flayosc’, which indicate the industrialist’s connection to the transportation industry.