Description: Various dates The first car in the world to drive 100km/h wore the name 'Le Jamais Contente' (=He who's never satisfied). It was the year 1899 and the inventor and driver of the car was Camille Jenatzy from Brussels. This is just one example to illustrate that the Belgian car industry was state-of-the-art in the early days of its invention. Very rapidly various companies originating from other fields started to manufacture Belgian cars. Examples include Pieper, Nagant and F.N. (weapon industry), Delin and Belgica (cycles) and Snoeck and Métallurgique (machinery). Others came 'out of the blue' such as Minerva and Imperia. Three quarters of all cars produced in Belgium were exported all over Europe and even to the Americas. At the end of WWI however, most factories were in ruins, and, overall, the Belgian car industry could no longer compete with the international mass productions, perhaps with the exception of a few companies, such as Imperia. The car industry hence turned increasingly to assembly of foreign cars - an industry still important today in Belgium. This collection includes for instance Ateliers H.P. Dechamps (2 types), Automobiles Juwel (2 types), Automobiles Belgica (2 types), Moteurs et Automobiles Ch. Richard (3 types), Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre (9 types, including the scarce 1921 bond), Automobiles Imperia (2 types), Automobiles Excelsior (3 types), Automobiles Impéria-Excelsior (5 types), Ateliers Germain (3 types), Automobiles Vivinus (1 type), Usines Pipe (2 types), MInerva Motors (23 types), l'Auto=Metallurgique (12 types), Usines Delin (2 types), Automobiles Ruhl (1 type), Etablissements Pieper (10 types, including 2x the pretty and scarce share from 1898 - both in bad condition, and the similarly looking bond from 1901 (unissued) - in excellent condition), Automobiles Auburn (2 types). Also included are some carriage companies (Service Générale de Voitures de Place, 1881 and Co. Générale des Petites Voitures and other car pieces which we did not list here. This collection - by far the largest Belgian car manufacturing collection known to us - exquisitely illustrates the rich history of early car production in Belgium. It took the collector almost 30 years to build and is now offered in its complete form.
Condition Report: EF
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