1922 SECQUEVILLE-HOYAU SPORTS TWO SEATER WITH DICKEY
Registration No. XL 595
Chassis No. 12
Engine No. 14
Blue with brown interior
Engine: four cylinder, 1,250cc rated at 10hp; Gearbox: four speed manual; Brakes: rear wheel drum; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs. Right hand drive.
"Absolutely the finest piece of automobile engineering ever produced" proclaimed the manufacturer's catalogue. The Secqueville-Hoyau car company was established in 1919 in Gennevilliers, Seine and were manufacturers of luxury small cars which were built to exacting standards with very good quality workmanship. Prior to car production the company was involved in making aircraft components and during the First World War they built Bugatti aero engines under licence which has often led to speculation that their own car was perhaps designed by Bugatti.
One of the features of the Secqueville was the use of the Rolls-Royce shaped radiators which emphasised the quality. The engines used in these models were an efficient, straightforward design with inclined valves, aluminium pistons, tubular connecting rods, detachable cylinder head and pressure lubrication. These 1,250cc engines produced 18bhp from their three-bearing crankshafts. Another quality feature of this marque was the use of electric starting which was very unusual for small cars of the time.
This particular example carries a very sporting body with a V screen and weather equipment for the front passengers. The unlucky passengers in the dickey had to chance their luck. Registered in England in 1922, the car has remained in England ever since, even spending some time in the Smith Collection in Sussex during the '50s and '60s. Since being in the Smith Collection the car has undergone some restoration and is finished in dark blue with black wings. It is complemented with many original features such as Marchal headlamps, a winged mascot and Uinis France instrumentation.
A large file of information on the Secqueville-Hoyau accompanies this vehicle and includes copies of articles from The Autocar on the marque. It has an old style log book as well as the modern V5 document. A rare vintage automobile that would potentially make an ideal touring car.