|Chenard & Walcker Mistral
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|Author:||Sergej [ Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:47 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Chenard & Walcker Mistral|
A Mistral before the Maserati
The Mistral was presented at Salon de L'Automobile in Paris in 1933. Its aerodynamic body was designed by Pierre Mauboussin, a French aviator and aircraft designer. In 1932, he established his own company, Avions Mauboussin, and introduced the Corsaire, a light trainer/touring monoplane powered by an air-cooled Salmson 9 radial engine. To attract attention to his new plane he proposed to build a streamline version of the Chenard & Walcker Aigle 8 luxury car. The Aigle with its 80 hp V8 engine and rear-wheel drive is a typical high-end automobile of the era. But Chenard & Walcker already had some unusual designs in their portfolio: the early 1920s 'Tank' racers. So it's no surprise that C&W management agreed to collaborate with Mauboussin and even included the Mistral in their 1934 catalog, priced at 75,000 Fr. The streamline car was weighed 1800 kg, developed top speed of 160 km/h and consumed quite a lot of fuel - 14-16 L/100 km. It remained a PR gimmick, serial production has never been started. The prototype's fate is unclear.
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