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LOT 72

1929 LA Licorne Type HO2 Femina Convertible with Dickey Registration no. XYL 79 Chassis no. 52004

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000
Lot 72
1929 LA Licorne Type HO2 Femina Convertible with Dickey
Registration no. XYL 79 Chassis no. 52004

1929 LA Licorne Type HO2 Femina Convertible with Dickey
Registration no. XYL 79
Chassis no. 52004

Odometer reading: TBC
MOT: Exempt

*Rare French light car
*Right-hand drive
*Professionally restored in the 1990s

La Licorne's Type HO2 was a 908cc four-cylinder light car produced from 1928 to 1932. Around 6,000 were made and survivors are rare. This particular car is featured in the 1982 edition of Georgano's Beaulieu Encyclopaedia when it was owned by well known Alfa Romeo collector and authority, Angela Cherrett. An old V5 on file shows that from 1983 to 1989 the car was owned by a Roger Prout and from 1989 to 2018 by a Nigel Mills (both residents of Gloucestershire). The vendor (a relative of Roger Prout) acquired the car from Mr Mills in May 2018.
During the mid-1990s the Licorne had been treated to a body-off rebuild by Tom Bowhill Restorations of Cheltenham (see correspondence and photographic record on file). The restoration included repairing the ash frame, re-trimming the interior, a re-spray from powder blue to red, and fitting a new hood, while the engine was fully rebuilt with new pistons, bearings, reground crankshaft, etc. Back on the road in 1997, the car currently has 92 miles showing on the odometer, which is assumed to be the distance driven since the restoration's completion; it remains in generally good condition, starting readily and running nicely. An extremely rare (possibly unique) survivor, 'XYL 79' would be an ideal entry into VSCC Light Car events and is certain to turn heads wherever it goes. Accompanying documentation consists of a V5C; an expired MOT; and the aforementioned restoration photographs, correspondence and old V5. It should be noted that the V5C erroneously records the date of manufacture as 1921 and the engine capacity as 1100cc. Offered with a useful quantity of spares.


Vendor Score Total: 80 /100

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Key for sellers' assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

Body Work: 4
Paint: 4
Glass: 4
Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
Wheels/Tyres: 4

Gearbox/Clutch: 4
Axles: 4
Suspension: 4
Brakes: 4

Seats: 4
Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 4
Headlining: 4
Trim: 4

Main components: 4
Ancillary components: 4

Starting: 4
Running: 4
Under Bonnet: 4
Mechanical components: 4

Car History File: 4

Saleroom notices

There are no expired MOTS with this vehicle.

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