1927 Minerva AF Sport Sedan / 56522 Chassis Information

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1927 Minerva AF photograph

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1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

1927 Minerva AF photograph

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Sport Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 56522
Engine #: 56519
Sold for $319,000 at 2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company.
Sold for $363,000 at 2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
The Société Anonyme Minerva Motors automobile company was established in 1903 by Sylvain de Jong, a manufacturer of bicycles and motorcycles in Antwerp, Belgium. The company obtained a license in 1908 to produce engines in the Charles Yale Knight sleeve-valve design. All Minvera cars would use the sleeve-valve engines from that point until the end of production in 1939.

This particular example is a Minerva Sport Sedan with a deeply V-shaped windshield and blind rear quarter. It is one of just two in this body style. The engine is a 5,954cc sleeve-Valve inline 6-cylinder unit fitted with Zenith 2-barrel carburetors and produces an estimated 100 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel Dewandre Vacuum-Servo Mechanical drum brakes.

This vehicle may have been the car that was pictured on display at the New York Auto Salon at the Hotel Commodore in 1926. Several years later, in 1937, it was in the film A Damsel in Distress, starring Fred Astaire. By the 1990s, it rested disassembled in the Pacific Northwest where it was in the care of Mr. Radford, who had planned to restore it. Drew Lewis acquired the car following the passing of Mr. Radford. Mr. Lewis commissioned Steve Babinsky of Lebanon, New Jersey to perform a complete restoration. Upon completion, the car completed the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance and then made its concours debut in 2000, earning a class award at Pebble Beach and achieving a Senior Grand National Award with the AACA.

The Minerva is finished in deep green with fenders in black. It wears LeBaron coachwork that features a low top with a high beltline. There are correct Willocq-Bottin Supralux headlamps and aluminum wheel covers. The interior features light cognac leather with matching carpets and headliner, and the rear compartment has two occasional jump seats. Jaeger gauges are mounted within a deep-set polished aluminum dash, and the individual windscreen panels tilt open for ventilation.

In 2009, the car came into the care of its current owner.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2018
Sport Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron
Chassis #: 56522
Engine #: 56519
Sold for $319,000 at 2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company.
Sold for $363,000 at 2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
Sylvain de Jong founded Societe Anonyme Minerva Motors in Antwerp, Belgium, in 1903. Volume car production began in 1904 and, in the early days, the most important market for Minerva was the United Kingdom, where Charles S. Rolls (of Rolls-Royce fame) was their best-selling London agent. In 1908, Minerva obtained a license for the almost silent Charles Yale Knight sleeve-valve engine, which was used by the company until car production finished in 1939.

This Minerva Sport Sedan, with its deep vee-shaped windshield and dramatic blind rear quarter is one of two cars bodied by LeBaron in this style. It features a low top with a high beltline and is fitted with the period correct Willocq-Bottin Supralux headlamps and aluminum wheel covers. It is believed that this car was first shown at the New York Auto Salon at the Hotel Commodore in 1926. It later appeared in the 1937 Fred Astaire film A Damsel in Distress. The car was discovered partly dismantled in the 1990s and was then fully restored in 2000.


2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$350,000-$400,000 
Sale Price :
$363,000

2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$300,000-$350,000 
Sale Price :
$319,000

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1927 sales)
1927 Minerva AF 32 CV Sport Sedan
Chassis#: 56522
Sold for $363,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1927 Minerva AF image  1927 Minerva AF image  
1927 Minerva AI 32CV Sport Saloon
Chassis#: 56522
Sold for $319,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
1927 Minerva AF image  1927 Minerva AF image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1927 Minerva AF's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1927 Minerva AFS Roadster559792011 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $485,000$585,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Minerva AF1926 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Paul Ostruk Coachworks
Chassis Num: 56543
Engine Num: 56544 AI
Chassis information for the Minerva AF1927 Sport Roadster
Coachbuilder: d'Leteren Freres
Chassis Num: 55979
Engine Num: 56047
Chassis information for the Minerva AF1927 Sport Sedan
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: 56522
Engine Num: 56519
Chassis information for the Minerva AF Transformable1928 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Hibbard and Darrin


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