In the early years of the 20th century, the street was not yet dominated by cars. Automobiles were scarce and had only just been invented.
They were the sole preserve of the wealthy. But the common people also came under the spell of the car, especially the cheaper models: the voiturettes and cyclecars. Cyclecars are small, inexpensive and lightweight vehicles produced between about 1910 and the end of the 1920s.
They were characterised by their light and sometimes rather fragile construction, and were designed to fill the gap between the motorcycle and the fully-fledged automobile. And they were even used for racing. Throughout France, competitions were held where you could compete with your own car.
There was a speed trial, record attempt, hill climb or reliability run every weekend. In those days, everything was still possible on the public highway. A golden age for true car enthusiasts!
The cyclecar’s demise came when the big car manufacturers started to produce more efficiently. Mass production of cars made them more affordable, putting them in competition with the cyclecars. During InterClassics Brussels, we will have around 20 cyclecars on display thanks to our cooperation with Amilcar-Cyclecar Club Netherlands and the Belgian and French clubs.
During the forthcoming InterClassics Brussels on 17, 18 and 19 November 2017, in collaboration with a large number of cyclecar lovers
from Belgium, France and the Netherlands, a special retrospective exhibition is being organised for cyclecars. The evocative exhibition
promises to give a glimpse into the development of the cyclecar; from a slightly humorous (and eccentric!) little vehicle to a fast racing
machine and all the exotic variants in-between.
A large number of masterpieces from the cyclecar world will be exhibited in a suitable ambience.
And it’s because we’ll be together with all European cyclecar lovers anyway, there will be an informal gathering at the booth on Sunday
afternoon 19 November at 14:00, where something unexpected invariably happens… You’re wholeheartedly invited!
More about this show here.