Alexandre Darracq built the Gladiator bicycle business into a successful enterprise in France, but eventually sensed that human-powered transportation would be overshadowed by the internal combustion engine. He sold Gladiator to Adolphe Clement and turned his attention to the automobile, producing the first successful Darracq automobile at the turn of the century and building a 4-cylinder car by 1903. Darracq’s were quality automobiles built with strong steel frames and the company soon expanded to the UK and Italy. This 1910 Darracq Type 11 2-seater is a delightful example of the company's quality. Finished in yellow with black coachlining, a blue chassis coachlined in yellow and upholstered in blue leather with a blue cloth top, it is powered by a ten horsepower L-head 4-cylinder engine with 3-speed transmission. It is right-hand drive with a number of charming features including a folding wood-framed windshield, full top, luggage trunk, Rushmore headlights, cowl lights, a Pratt’s can and spare rim and tire on the right-hand running board, brass horn, radiator shell, A&A-L acetylene generator, accessory leather hat basket, varnished wooden running boards, brass clock and Stewart speedometer. It is an older but still very presentable restoration with new black rubber pyramid floor covering. Modern taillights have been fitted for safety. The brass radiator mascot depicts a proud workman in a shop apron holding a steering wheel atop an anvil, and both Alexandre Darracq and the next owner of this rare automobile could share the mascot's pride and confidence.
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