Renault’s Factory Hooter

Anybody living along the Seine where France’s great river winds its way around Boulogne-Billancourt would tell you the same thing: there was no need to keep an alarm clock at home, nor even a wristwatch; ‘La Grande Renault’ kept time for everyone. From its eight great horns, standing on supports seven metres high, this magnificent…

GMC CCKW 353 B2 cargo

History With a total of 562 500 units produced, the GMC CCKW is the WWII emblematic light truck, released in numerous variants : cargo, gasoline tanker, water tanker, workshop, artillery tractor, compressor, tipper truck, amphibious truck etc… As steel was more heavily rationed during the course of the war, the steel cargo bed was replaced by…

GMC CCKW 353 D1 gasoline tanker

History With a total of 562 500 units produced, the GMC CCKW is the WWII emblematic light truck, released in numerous variants : cargo, gasoline tanker, water tanker, workshop, artillery tractor, compressor, tipper truck, amphibious truck etc….Univem’s “gasoline” GMC is a Timken split axle model. At the time it was built, a net purchase price of…

Sherman M4A4

History Evolution of different versions of the M4, the M4A4 is the last version produced during WWII (1942). Manufactured by Chrysler Corp. and originally equipped with the “Multibank” engine, the reference of the tank changed post War in the French Army for M4A4 T (T for transformed) because it was motorized with a 9-cylinder “Continental…

UFO in our garage ?

Marcel Leyat’s Helica was temporarily stored in our premises, waiting for the big  Rétromobile exhibition. Marcel Leyat was an inventor, pioneer of aviation, aircraft manufacturer and French automaker.  He was born march 26, 1885 and died in 1986. He studied at famous Ecole Centrale de Paris, starting in 1907. As soon as 1908, Leyat built…