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    Default Minerva, Lezebre, Mors etc..

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    I've lately learned that there are actually some prewar French cars in Australia.

    There are at least two Minervas and two LeZebre.

    I'm not after buying a prewar car but I'd love to hear from anyone who does own a prewar French car.

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    One Minerva lives in Rochedale in Queensland. It is in a reasonable registered condition, rather than being a concours machine. I don't remember the year, but very early days, 1910?
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    When I was a teenager (many moons ago), my father who was an auto elec/mechanic had a Minerva in his workshop in Northcote (Melb).

    It was in for re-wiring as well as needing new castings made for the starter motor & generator/magneto. Dad made wooden patterns & had them cast & machined at Morgan Engineering in nearby Coburg.

    The Minerva was also circa 1910-11 as I recall. It had an aluminium body, (what there was of it) which were only the doors & rear section. It was on a timber frame I think.

    Sad part about it was the customer took the car promising to pay later (which was a fairly common practice in those days), but never did.
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    There's a leZebre in Sydney, and here in Adelaide a big sleeve valve Minerva, as well as a Mors...
    Oh, and don't forget Hurtu ... there are a couple in NSW.
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    Thanks to you all for the information.

    There does to be some very interesting old cars out there.

    Now I have to run down and buy a lottery ticket.

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    Just had a somewhat belated realisation .. Minervas are Belgian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petitepoupée View Post
    Just had a somewhat belated realisation .. Minervas are Belgian.
    oh well, half of Belgium should be French anyway (& might well end up being). Peter

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    I think they've (finally) got themselves a government - it took a loooong time (hey, now we have the Greek situation, don't we!).
    Minervas are accepted as "French" for purposes of rallies...
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