The Car and Driver visited the Greek Automobile Museum and saw many of the interesting exhibits in the building at 33 Ioulianou.
If anyone stands out and deserves a special mention, it is American La France. It is located a few meters away from the entrance of the Museum, but even if it were in the background, it would catch the eye of the visitor just by its size.
At first glance, you’re put off by how long it is, and how high it stands off the ground – until you learn why it has these dimensions.
“This particular company used to make trucks and fire engines with this chassis, with these mechanical parts,” he explains to us guide of the Museum, Miltos Patronis.
“He made the decision to build some cars as well, but without changing its mechanical parts. So we’re talking about a car that weighs 3 tons, and has a 14.5 L engine that produced 105 PS and could drive it up to 110 km/h – on open roads, of course.
“We also see it having a mechanical chain final drive, which was later removed as it could cut off and hit the driver or passengers.”
The 1903, the government of USA increased their duties for imported cars, and the company Smith &Mabelywhich he was undertaking Introduction and its service models Mercedesdecided to avoid this obstacle by construct the trial her version her Maybach 18/22.
This is how the collaboration with Francewhich he had been building until then large vehiclesto generate the model engine.
The interesting thing is how we do not know how many copies were madeas several companies at the time did not consider it important to keep such a record.
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