1927 Georges Irat Model A CabrioletSOLD

RM Auctions - Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction - August 16-18

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Estimate: $150,000-$180,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $148,500

11cv, 2-liter, four-cylinder engine, four-speed transmission, semi-elliptic rear leaf spring suspension, four-wheel servo-assist brakes.

Rarely seen or even read about today are the decidedly different and elegant Georges Irat automobiles. Named after the founder, these fine motor cars were first shown at the Paris Auto Salon in 1921. Exclusivity was one of Georges Irat ’ s aims, so annual production was limited to between 100 and 200 cars each year.

The Model A was well received by France ’ s high society for its quality, sound design, elegant coachwork and luxury appointments. Powered by a 1,988cc overhead valve four-cylinder engine and fitted with a four-speed gearbox, the Model A also proved to be a quick and agile handling automobile. Promoted as the “ Car for the Elite ” Georges Irats also were seen in competition and took part in the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans where one finished a highly respectable 15th overall.

The 1927 Georges Irat Model A Cabriolet offered here was ordered new by a Parisian by the name of Veger. Being a jeweler, M. Veger had an appreciation for the finer things in life and custom ordered his cabriolet body by Pourtout with all the trimmings, which elevated the final price to 135,000 Francs. To give some perspective, at the time the 7CV Citroen was being sold new for approximately 7,500 Francs.

Before being released to M. Veger, the Model A Cabriolet was shown at the 1927 Paris Automobile Salon. In attendance at the show was a young M. Jean Charpentier. He admired the car but could do nothing to obtain it. Years later, by chance he found the car in Paris, purchased it then christened it “ Georgette ” . This all happened just in time to take the Cabriolet on his honeymoon. In a letter, he fondly remembers his two great loves, “ I felt like a king. I married a ravishing beauty whom I adored and I drove the most beautiful car in the world! ” Charpentier kept the Georges Irat many years, but eventually sold it in January of 1960. The Model A Cabriolet would pass through four more owners before being sold again in November of 1993 at the Imperial Palace auction in Las Vegas, Nevada. The buyer was Noel Thompson, who had it sent to Steve Babinski to receive a ground up, nut and bolt, concours quality restoration.

In 1995, Thompson brought the Georges Irat to the Pebble Beach Concours d ’ Elegance where it was awarded a Second in Class. The following summer, the Model A Cabriolet was shown at the Meadow Brook Concours d ’ Elegance and earned its CCCA Primary Award badge.

The current owner purchased the car following the passing of Noel Thompson in 1997. Since that time, it has been professionally maintained and driven occasionally in order to keep it in peak mechanical form. In 2005, the Model A Cabriolet returned to Pebble Beach and completed the 60 mile Tour d ’ Elegance. A few days later the Georges Irat was awarded a Third in Class (European Classics) on the Pebble Beach Councours d ’ Elegance show field.

The Georges Irat is accompanied by a binder that contains its known history including a list of all known stewards, copies of magazine articles with photos of it in the 1960s before it was first restored, and a copy of a letter from M. Charpentier outlining his memories of the car.

Sporting wire wheels, dual rear spares and cowl lights on its low-slung coachwork body with a custom leather interior, the Georges Irat remains true to its advertising slogan of yore: “ La Voiture de L ’ Elite ” .

Reference Number 10105

as of 6/1/2007

Car 1927 Georges Irat Model A Cabriolet
VIN GE0277327 
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