Grofri Werk AG in Vienna, Austria was the licensee of the French Amilcar company, famed for its production of fast, sporting, lightweight voiturettes during the Twenties. This 1927 Grofri is the Austrian equivalent of Amilcar's famed CGS with 1,074cc side valve four-cylinder engine and racing-derived suspension. Finished in Maroon with Red upholstery and matching Red frame and suspension, the Grofri has four-wheel brakes, cycle fenders, quarter-elliptical leaf spring suspension and a single side-mounted spare wheel on its slim 2-seat righthand drive body. It seems almost impossible that any engine so small could presume to power a competition car yet the willingness of manufacturers in Austria, Germany and Italy to license the Amilcar CGS design and the many competition successes of the marque and model attest to performance far beyond its diminutive size. This example was restored in the Sixties, then purchased by the Stone Mountain Museum and carefully and consistently maintained there but otherwise little used. It comes with photos documenting its pre-restoration condition. Its competition heritage and intention is in no doubt: there is no weather protection at all beyond the unusually-shaped and very attractive vee windshield and although the magneto-ignition engine has a generator and electric starter there are no lights. It will rarely be joined on a vintage race weekend by an Amilcar CGS, let alone another Grofri.
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