Lot 136: 1930 La Salle 340 Roadster

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February 10, 2017, 2:00 PM CET
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Description: 1930 La Salle 340 Roadster
Carte grise française
Châssis n°607852
Moteur n°607852

- Livrée neuve en Inde
- Restauration de qualité
- Modèle confidentiel

La Salle est une marque du groupe General Motors et leur haut de gamme avec Cadillac. Les La Salle représentaient une alternative plus agile et sportive aux Cadillac. Equipées de moteur de Cadillac, elles étaient distribuées par le même réseau de concessions, elles étaient également disponibles en carrosseries sur mesure par Fleetwood, Le Baron et Fisher.
Livrée neuve à General Motors Export Co, à Bombay en Inde, la La Salle que nous présentons est une commande spéciale en conduite à droite, habillée d''une carrosserie roadster Fleetwood pourvu d''un spider. L''auteur de cette commande nous est inconnu mais ses deux impressionnants projecteurs utilisés pour la chasse au tigre de nuit suggèrent qu''il s''agirait d''un haut dignitaire indien ou d''un maharajah. Le reste de l''histoire indienne de l''auto reste malheureusement trouble.
La voiture refait surface le 5 mai 1951 alors qu''elle est à bord du S/S Caledonia alors accosté au Royaume-Uni qui la transportait depuis le Pakistan. Cette La Salle a alors deux propriétaires anglais successifs. Le 8 septembre 1963 elle est présentée au rallye américain de Beaulieu et apparait à cette occasion dans la Gazette Beaulieu : " M. Hoare fait un virage au volant de son impressionnant roadster La Salle qui avait été livré neuf à un Maharajah indien comme voiture de chasse et qui est toujours équipé de ses gigantesques projecteurs ". M. Hoare originaire du Devon conserva la voiture jusqu''en 1979 où elle est vendue à un certain M. Liesse en Belgique. En 1986, elle fait la couverture du magazine Fanauto. En 1988 elle passe alors entre les mains d''un propriétaire français. En 2003, elle fait la couverture d''un autre journal français, La Vie de l''Auto. En 2006 elle est ensuite vendue en Italie où elle sera complétement restaurée et remise dans sa configuration d''origine.
Ce très beau roadster, avec une origine indienne intéressante qui lui garantirait sûrement son entrée dans d''importants Concours d''Elégance, est une opportunité unique.



French title
Chassis n° 607852
Engine n° 607852

- Exciting Indian heritage
- Beautifully restored
- Rare model

La Salle was part of General Motors and their top brand next to Cadillac. La Salle was a sportier and more agile alternative compare to Cadillacs. Fitted with Cadillac engines La Salle were sold through the same dealership network and were available also with custom built bodies from Fleetwood, Le Baron and Fisher.
Delivered to General Motors Export Co, Bombay, India, the La Salle on offer was ordered in right hand drive, with a special Fleetwood roadster body and a dickey seat.
Who placed the order to buy the car is still unknown but it must have been an Indian dignitary or maharajah as the car is fitted with two huge spotlights to facilitate night time tiger hunting. The car''s Indian history unfortunately remains clouded. The car re-surfaces when it is imported from Pakistan and put on the S/S Caledonia, docking in the United Kingdom on5th May 1951. It remained in England where it has two different owners. It is later seen at the American car rally at Beaulieu on 8th September 1963 and therefore featured in the Beaulieu Gazette where we can read "Mr Hoare turned up in his impressive La Salle Roadster originally supplied to a Maharajah in India as a hunting car and still wearing enormous hunting spotlights on the scuttle". Mr Hoare, from Totnes, Devon, kept the car until 1979 when it is sold to a certain Mr Liesse in Belgium. The Salle is on the cover of a French magazine "Fanauto" in 1986.
The car is subsequently sold to a French collector in 1988. It appeared on the cover o
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