1929 Minerva AR 6 Light SaloonSOLD

Grandes Marques Auction, MECC, Maastricht NL, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: €55,000-62,000

Sold: €68,996

At the height of their success, this quality builder of touring cars were worthy rivals to the very finest manufacturers of the time thanks to the excellence of their engineering and the quality and accuracy with which their products were assembled.
As a manufacturer of quality touring cars, Minerva first rose to fame during the first decade of last century. They used motor sport, along with the majority of other manufacturers, to promote their product and had some noteworthy successes. These included an outright win in the 1906 Kaiserpreis Event with Lord Brabazon at the helm. In the last year of competition before the outbreak of the First World War, Minervas also showed strongly in the gruelling Tourist Trophy held on the Isle of Man to circumnavigate Britain's mainland ban of racing on public roads.

Minerva were an early exponent of the sleeve valve engine and their products became popular in Britain during the 1920s. From their English office of 40, Holborn Viaduct, EC, London the company marketed their range of cars. By the late 1920s they produced 2 litre, 3.37 litre and 6 litre cars all with 6 cylinder sleeve valve engines. The latter, in standard chassis length became the company's most popular seller, clothed with all manner of impressive coachwork from coachbuilders around the world.

This particular Minerva AR is very rare indeed as it is one of the very few AR models fitted with an in-house Minerva body. A very impressive 6 light saloon, finished in dark brown over beige with a brown cloth interior and the typical Minerva goddess radiator mascot, this imposing saloon has resided with the vendor for some 40 years and over this period has undergone a comprehensive restoration. Mechanically it has always been maintained to the highest standard and the incredibly smooth running sleeve valve engine starts on the button. Being a Belgian manufactured car, the car has also resided in Belgian ownership all its life.

A most magnificent and impressive vintage limousine which would grace any collection of fine motorcars and one capable of holding its own against the finest competitors that Rolls-Royce could offer.

Reference Number 5495

as of 12/22/2006

Car 1929 Minerva AR 6 Light Saloon
VIN 90000