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Berliet 1908 race car veteran

Private collection


Exceptional Berliet racing 1908 Veteran Car in its configuration Targa Bologna where the brand has emerged 8th on the prize-winners. In the early 1900s Berliet tried his hand at racing with some success, one of his competition vehicles finishing third at the Targa Florio in 1906, and another at the Mont Ventoux hill climb race that same year. This classic race car with four-cylinder biblock engine and exceptional cubic capacity of 5.3 liters, was capable to reach 150 km/h. It was the equivalent of the Formula 1 of the time. Powered by a chain transmission and a rare 4-speed gearbox for the early 20th century, this Berliet represents a unique opportunity to drive a racing car in its raw state, with a 150-liter cylindrical gasoline tank highlighting the raw appearance of the front of this vehicle. The bucket seats are in chesterfield leather and the dashboard is in varnished wood.

This Berliet competition is presented for sale. It is registered, in perfect working order, and represents a complete reconstruction from an original chassis, as well as an engine, a gearbox ... from the period. This veteran car presented for sale is eligible for the Targa Florio.


  • Number of cylinders:4 cylinders, biblock
  • Displacement:5320 cm³

Other technical elements

  • Transmission:Rear wheels by chain drive / 4-speed manual transmission
  • Suspension:Leaf springs
  • Brakes:Drum brakes
  • Wheels and tyres:Wood with spokes
  • Body:Race phaeton on steel chassis
  • Ref.:2599

Dimensions, production and performance

  • Manufacturer:BERLIET
  • Length:450 cm
  • Maximum speed:150 km/h

Color and finishing

  • Interior finishing:Leather

Conservation status

Concours condition
The exceptional restoration was made over several years, requiring a colossal work.

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