A close friend from high school days has got the Dauphine bug again and we're chasing a 1093 in California. But we've also been researching 1093s throughout North America with a view to trying to find traces of them all, whether extant or scrapped. Plus we're interested in the history.
So according to French sources, of the 2140 cars made in 1961-63, there were 62 of these cars imported to Canada and the USA; 39 to the USA and 23 to Canada. We are trying to compile a list of all known cars from racing records and other sources. For the vast majority of these, the VIN is not known. We do have one so far and hope for more...
We've contacted several former owners, and just tonight in the Vancouver area we got in touch with an old fellow who owned a 1093 in British Columbia in 1962/63. We're going to meet up with him in a week and hope that he has some good stories for us, maybe a photo or two and perhaps some leads on what became of his car. So meanwhile, here are a few photos from back in the day....or more recent times.....
Dennis Koelmel, a well-known American rallyman, campaigned a 1093 in 1962 and 1963 - this photo is from 1963, courtesy of Dennis. The car's fate is unknown so far.
Bill Kane was a well-known racer from Schenectady NY and a Lotus dealer. Here he is in 1964 at the Sebring race. This car was probably scrapped in the 1970s.
This car may have been campaigned on the west coast at places like Riverside or perhaps in rallies. The car was discovered in California in its well weathered state, bought and repatriated to France, where it was stolen, and so far has not reappeared. VIN: 65781 / Body no. 963
This 1093 is still sitting in California. We are in touch with the owner and hoping to get more history, the VIN and an opportunity to buy it.
There are some more leads we are working on and I will update this thread as things develop.