1898 Vanvooren Gig Hippomobile Vanvooren15.000-25.000 EUR - Estimate

Gig hippomobile Vanvooren

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- Volante collection
- Believed to be a unique Vanvooren piece (n°4014)
- Unusual and refined shape
- High quality restoration

Reference Number 512964

as of 1/17/2018

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Lot 20

Artcurial - Rétromobile  Contact  Location
Salon Rétromobile Hall 1  Phone  +33 1 42 99 20 56  City  Porte de Versailles
75015 Porte de Versailles  Fax  +33 1 42 99 16 39  State  Paris
France  Mobile    Country  France France
Car 1898 Vanvooren Gig Hippomobile Vanvooren
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Known History

With its two open seats, and without a hood, this horse-drawn vehicle can be described as a " gig ". The wheel bolts and Lemoine axle are marked " Vanvooren - Paris ", the name of the coachbuilder who, like many others, started out in the days of horses, before turning their attention to automobiles at the turn of the century. When this vehicle was built, Vanvooren was one of the largest manufacturers of horse-drawn carriages, with a catalogue of some 100 different designs, built in-house, or in other workshops.

Constructed with the utmost care, this is a lightweight carriage with a double seat mounted over a small luggage compartment. According to the owner, passionate about this coachbuilder, this is a genuine Vanvooren creation. He discovered this gig following five years of research, and knows of only one other Vanvooren horse-drawn vehicle still in existence, a " break de chasse ", suggesting that survivors are particularly rare. Restored by Patrick Schroven, the renowned Belgian restorer of horse-drawn vehicles, this gig is presented in immaculate condition and is one of the last surviving examples of a horse-drawn carriage by one of the greatest French coachbuilders in this field. It is therefore of great historical significance.