The Renault has Willock Bottin headlights and not Bleriot as stated.
THE HANS DURSTELER COLLECTION
For Hans Dursteler, automobiles have been a lifelong fascination. Since 1951, when he opened his own accident repair and bodyshop, they have been his livelihood. Business and collection alike have grown, the former into an important specialist restorer of collector cars and builder of specialist truck bodies, the latter into a museum quality collection meticulously built up, mainly in the fifties and sixties. Although Mr Dursteler disclaims any such theme in his collection, his automobiles include a good proportion that mark in some way a turning point, certainly of interest to the historian, if not necessarily a major one, in the automobile's history. Thus the 1908 Renault represents its sisters, "The taxis of the Marne", enlisted in 1914 to rush troops to the front line trenches to defend the city of Paris. It was the first time that motor transport had ever played a significant role in time of war. The straight-eight Duesenberg with its advenced alloys used advanced technology forged in the heat of the Great War, the pioneering Cord L29 brought front-wheel drive to wide public notice, its superbly sculpted outlines influenced high performance car designers for more than a generation. There are many others: the Lancia Dilambda, one of the first luxury cars to sport independent front suspension, the Buick convertible, the vee-12 powered Lagonda and Rolls-Royce, each made its mark in history. Even the Chevrolet pickup, with its trim styling was marketed in a way never before attempted in the commercial vehicle world. But now, after many years giving enjoyment to Mr Dursteler and those privileged to view them, the cars are to be dispersed. Christie's takes great pleasure in offering this very personal yet important private collection of fine collector's automobiles.