Vintage 1914 Le Zébre Model C Goes To UK Auction

1914 Le Zébre Model C
1914 Le Zébre Model C

A restored 1914 Le Zébre Model C bought as a restoration project at the world-famous Beaulieu Autojumble goes to Auction in May.

Founded by Jules Salomon and Georges Richard, Lé Zébre produced motorised vehicles between 1909 and 1931 in Puteaux.

1914 French Le Zébre

Charterhouse Auctioneers in Sherborne are gearing up for their online classic and vintage car auction on Saturday 30th May which includes a 1914 French Le Zébre, or Zebra car.

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There are various myths as to where the nickname of the car came from with the ‘black and white’ four-legged derivative being high on the list of usual suspects when in actual fact it was a term of endearment given to a clerk of their former employer.

1914 Le Zébre Model C
1914 Le Zébre Model C

The 1914 time travelling French car was originally fitted with a 785cc engine and was bought as a desperate restoration project at the world-famous Beaulieu Autojumble in the 1990s by Gerry Belton from West Somerset.

Richard Bromell said:
“With current COVID-19 restrictions and to keep our staff, clients and to protect the NHS we are still having a live auction, albeit behind closed doors.

“Having conducted all auctions online as well as in our salerooms for the past 15 years we have everything in place and it seems a logical move to hold this specialist car auction just online. However, for those with no internet access or who have other commitments, we will also be able to carry out telephone and absentee commission bidding.”

Fast forward some 20 years and the end result is this fully restored vintage head-turner.

1914 Le Zébre Model C

During the restoration, another Le Zebre was discovered by the owner which provided many rare and missing parts including engine and gearbox.

Four cylinder

After the restoration was completed, the car was featured in the specialist vintage car magazine The Automobile in August 2014 with a great review.

1914 Le Zébre Model C
1914 Le Zébre Model C Pre-restoration

Porsche Carrera

However, it is not just vintage cars in the auction, there are more modern classics too with a 1993 Porsche 911 (993) Carrera coupe. Finished in the classic colour of Guards Red and a black leather interior this is estimated at £14,000-16,000, which is the same guide price of the 1914 Le Zébre.

Porsche 911 Carrera coupe
1993 Porsche 911 (993) Carrera coupe

Where the Le Zébre would not have set a 0-60mph time, this Porsche when new set a time of just over 5 seconds for this and had a top speed of nearly 170mph.

More information on this sale can be found via this link.

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