Lot 1937


1932 Hotchkiss AM73 Sports Saloon
Reg. no. Unknown
Chassis no. 38349
Engine no. t.b.a.
Hotchkiss, an arms manufacturer from Saint-Denis in Paris, built its first car in 1903 after successfully making components for other French manufacturers. Quickly acquiring a good reputation, the firm survived a fire that destroyed nearly all of their projects, and launched their first six-cylinder model in 1906. Also competing regularly in motorsport in the form of races and endurance tests, Hotchkiss had established themselves as makers of good-quality cars by the time the factory was turned over to munitions in 1914. After the war, in 1923, the AM was launched, which would be the company’s sole model for the next six years. Marketed as ‘The Golden Mean’, it was priced exactly between a Citroen and a Hispano-Suiza, firmly establishing Hotchkiss in its chosen sector. In 1929 the one model policy ended with the arrival of the AM73 and AM80 – six cylinder luxury cars, the 73 and 80 referring to the bore of the engines. The AM73 was just under 2.6 litres, and offered good performance for the time.
This 1932 AM73 saloon is an ongoing restoration project, with much work done, for example, much of the ash frame has been replaced and the elegant bodywork is in sound condition. Only for sale due to a house move, it would be a rewarding car to return to the road, with the appeal of considerable rarity – AM73s were never imported to the UK – and the added benefit of right hand drive, a feature of all Hotchkisses up until the end of production in 1955. The car comes with a Nova certificate from March 2017.

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