[ cca 1901 Begot et Cail , Reims, France ]
The following photos were received from Emmanuel
Abit, from France. Emmanuael is a French car collector with a very
unusual car. He
knows the car is a Begot et Cail, that it was built in approximately
1901, that the serial number is 135 and that it has a De Dion Bouton engine with the
serial number 4442. He asked if we could get more information on this
actual car and
We are trying to obtain some more recent history on this car from Emmanuel.
The only information on the make that we have so far been able to find
if from Georgano's Encyclopedia which advises:
Begot et Mazurie, Begot et Cail (1900 - 1902) Reims, France
Begot et Mazurie were general engineers who made a few voiturettes
with 4hp single cylinder engines of oversquare dimensions (100 x 95mm).
They were front-mounted, and final drive was by double chains. In 1901
two light cars appeared under the name Begot et Cail. One had a 5hp
single cylinder De Dion engine, and the other a 7hp V-twin of their own
It would therefore seem that this car is the one referred to in the
book, which gives it interesting provenance.
The maker's plate advises " Begot et Cail Usines
a Reims 4 Rue Charras, Paris ". There is no engine
This is one of the make of cars that has gone into the English Quiz
folklore because the British manage to mispronounce foreign names
and come up with something rhyming. Many continental cars once imported
into Britain had their awkward-sounding names modified by mechanics and
chauffeurs. Thus, the once-popular De Dion Boutons
became Ding-Dongs, Metallurgique became Metally-jerk,
Vinot et Deguingand
became Veeno, and then Eno.
The Hispano-Suiza was dubbed Banana
Squeezer, the Isotta-Fraschini became I-Shot
a-Flash-Sheeny, and the Begot et Mazurie
inevitably turned into a Bag o' Misery.
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