Featured in the Automobile Magazine July 2019
1924 Hotchkiss AM Limousine by Weymann
Model: AM Limousine by Weymann
Registration Number: BF 8062
Chassis Number: 7872
Engine Number: 7872
MOT Test Expiry: Exempt
Road Tax Exempt
This unique Weymann fabric bodied Hotchkiss AM is one of only about fifteen survivors worldwide. The well-engineered model has a 2.4 litre side valve engine and drives easily at 45mph. We understand that ‘almost everything’ mechanically has been checked and/or replaced in recent years; the engine has new white metal big ends and main bearings, a reground crankshaft, new valve springs, a new clutch and a new thrust bearing. The rear axle had its pinion and inner half-shaft bearings replaced in 2018. The rear springs have been reset and re-tempered. The motor car has new front wheel bearings, brake shoes, and drive couplings, together with a rebuilt magneto and a reconditioned flywheel. Discrete indicators have been wired in and the original Ducellier headlights are present.
The body is in splendidly original condition, patched up a little as one would expect of a motor car of ninety-five years old. It retains its original Weymann maker’s motifs at the bottom of the door pillars. The dashboard is original and the light switches are of period. The Bedford cord upholstery is amazingly still present, as are an original set of Hotchkiss seat covers in the rear. The motor car is supplied with appropriate and working Lucas King of the Road oil lamps and a new set of road tyres that cost in the region of £1200.
The current custodian purchased BF 8062 (with its big ends gone) from The Automobile magazine in 2016 and he has sympathetically conserved the motor car since then. We understand that it originally belonged to an embroiderer in Viesly, France and we are told that their relatives still live in the same road.
A nice driving car, the exceptionally original AM offers great vintage motoring and is a real head turner. The vendor recently drove it from his home in Dorset to Oxford and back for the British Hotchkiss Society AGM, which was a round trip of 180 miles. It is a very reluctant sale.
This very motor car is featured in the July 2019 Automobile magazine and is supplied with history including invoices, photographs, a copy owner’s manual, a copy parts list, diagrams and a V5C registration certificate, together with an original carte grise (and a copy) from c.1930s.