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Saturday 28 August 2021

1925 DONNET-ZEDEL G2 SALOON - Bonhams Auctions The Beaulieu Sale Beaulieu National Motor Museum 4th - 5th September 2021


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Bonhams Auctions
The Beaulieu Sale
Beaulieu National Motor Museum
4th - 5th September 2021

Registration Number: BF 7075
Chassis No: 18463-59108
Engine No: 18669
MOT & Tax Exempt

Founded in 1919 and all but forgotten now, Donnet-Zedel had grown to become France's fourth-largest motor manufacturer by 1927. Formerly engaged in the manufacture of flying boats, Jérôme Donnet purchased Automobiles Zedel of Pontarlier to create the Donnet-Zedel marque, whose first offering was the CI-6, a pre-war Zedel design. In 1925 the firm introduced the highly successful Type G, a 1,098cc four-cylinder light car, which was built in considerable numbers in the former Donnet aircraft factory at Gennevilliers, Seine. With the sale of Zedel's old factory at Pontarlier in 1928, the Donnet-Zedel name was dropped.

Hit by the Depression-like so many of its contemporaries, Donnet continued to build cars, albeit in declining numbers, until the firm ceased production in December 1934. Its Nanterre factory was then sold to Henri-Théodore Pigozzi, who commenced production of built-under-licence FIATs under the SIMCA name.

Offered here is a charming French saloon car that has benefited from a 'ground upwards' restoration carried out in the late 1980s/early 1990s. More recent works have included fitting new tyres; replacing the clutch; fitting new upgraded brake shoes, and overhauling the steering box. Everything works and the car comes with a history file containing invoices for recent works totalling £6,000. The original dynamo and carburettor are included in the sale together with a bespoke distributor conversion kit that was specially made for the car.

Please note the V5C records the chassis number as 59108 and not 18463 as on the chassis plate.

Vendor Score Total: 79 /100

Bidders should note that the automated 100-point Seller's Assessment is provided by each Seller at the point of a consignment using the guidelines below, and is not provided, assessed or verified by Bonhams MPH. Accordingly, Customers (Bidders) are on notice that each vehicle is offered "as is / as seen" subject to the Conditions of Sale for the auction, and Customers (Bidders) are strongly recommended to view the Lot(s) being offered, before bidding, to satisfy themselves as to their condition; Bonhams MPH will not entertain disputes over Sellers' Assessments.

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. Driveaway | 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: 2
Glass: 5
Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 4
Wheels/Tyres: 5

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: 3

Car History File: 4

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