The Brasier marque originated in 1901 when engineer Henri Brasier left Mors to join Georges Richard, who together with his brother Max had been building cars since the late 1890s at Ivry-Port, Seine, France. Previously called 'Georges Richard', the cars were renamed 'Richard-Brasier' for 1904 and plain 'Brasier' after 1905 following Georges Richard's departure to found Unic. On his arrival, Henri Brasier had instigated a new range of larger cars constructed along Panhard lines. Pressed steel chassis frames were the norm by 1904, while chain drive survived on only the largest models, shaft drive having been adopted on the others.
It was in 1904 that Richard-Brasier gained the first of its two consecutive victories in the Gordon Bennett Cup. First, run in 1900 in France, the latter took its name from founder James Gordon Bennett Jr, millionaire owner of the New York Herald newspaper and himself a keen sportsman. Contested by national teams, the races were hosted in the country of the previous year's winner until 1905, after which the Automobile Club de France organised the first motor racing Grand Prix at Le Mans. But prior to the coming of Grands Prix, the Gordon Bennett Cup was the most prized trophy of them all. This was, arguably, the high point of Brasier's fortunes, for the company went into decline after The Great War and was acquired by the bicycle manufacturer Chaigneau in 1926, after which it continued to produce cars under the Chaigneau-Brasier name for a few more years.
This 9hp 1½-litre Brasier four-seater tourer was purchased by the vendor in 2006 and has been used for VCC rallies and other events. The car had been purchased in France in 1974 by the last-but-one owner and was restored in the 1980s (bills and photographs on file). Further works were carried out by VCC member Michael Manning, including four new wheels, while recently the gearbox was rebuilt by Neve Engineering. Unused for the last three, years, the car will need re-commissioning before returning to the road. Accompanying documentation consists of a VCC dating certificate, V5C Registration Certificate and the aforementioned restoration records. A spare engine (in need of repair) is included in the sale.
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