Rosen­gart LR2 Sport

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‘I had to re­fab­ri­cate much of the chas­sis from scratch and build a com­plete new body in my garage at home,’ said Syl­vain Mar­chais of his 1930 Rosen­gart LR2 Sport, mak­ing its Tours de­but at Chinon.

‘I’m only its sec­ond owner in 87 years,’ he ex­claims. ‘In 2005 I bought it from a vitic­ul­teur near to my home in Cour-chev­erny. His fam­ily owned it from new but it had been in a barn for ages. It was a sorry sight but thank­fully wasn’t be­yond re­demp­tion.

‘It was a com­pli­cated, to­tal restora­tion,’ Syl­vain says. ‘Find­ing en­gine parts was easy. They’re com­pat­i­ble with the Seven and I sourced them in Bri­tain. The chas­sis and body work was less so. It in­volved more than 500 hours’ work in three years.’

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