Hot on the heels of its Scottsdale classic motorcar auction last week in Arizona, the Bonhams team will be racing over to Paris for its annual ‘Les Grandes Marques du Monde’ sale – due to be held at the magnificent Grand Palais, just off the Champs Elysee.
As the Bonhams Paris sale is an intrinsic part of the world-class Retromobile classic car exhibition, it is only appropriate the Bonhams will be auctioning a handful of interesting and unusual French historic vehicles, including Lot 398, a charming and rare 1934 Darmont Type V Junior.
Darmont is better known for its three-wheeler sports tourers, derived from the British Morgans of the 1920s and 30s, making this four-wheeled model particularly unusual.
Darmont production began in 1924 in Courbevoie, with the Darmont brothers – Andre and Robert – building near-identical period Morgan three-wheeler models under licence, using a variety of engines.
The first four-wheeled Darmont model coincided with the introduction of the same chassis format from Morgan in the mid-1930s, In Darmont’s case, its four-wheeler was marketed as the Junior, powered by a Blackburne-type 1,100cc V-twin engine, and far less familiar than the French marque’s three-wheelers. Production of all Darmonts ended with the outbreak of war in 1939, making this delightful little sportscar a very scarce treat indeed.