Breguet Aviation

Société des Ateliers d'Aviation Louis Breguet
Industry Aerospace
Fate Merged with Dassault
Successor Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation
Founded 1911
Founder Louis Charles Breguet
Defunct 1971
Headquarters France
Products Aircraft, Helicopter

The Société des Ateliers d'Aviation Louis Breguet also known as Breguet Aviation was a French aircraft manufacturer. The company was set up in 1911 by aviation pioneer Louis Charles Breguet.

The company, together with the British Aircraft Corporation, was a parent to SEPECAT which was formed to develop and produce the SEPECAT Jaguar aircraft.

In 1971 it merged with Dassault to form Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation.

Aircraft (before merger with Dassault)

Breguet Type R.U1 No.40i at the Musée des Arts et Métiers, Paris.
Breguet 1100

Leduc aircraft

Automobile production

Before 1914, in addition to producing aircraft, the firm produced a few six-cylinder engined cars.

During the Second World War the company produced an electric car powered by batteries and propelled by an "off-the-shelf" motor from Paris-Rhône.[2] The motor was capable of producing two different levels of output. "First gear" and "Reverse gear" were provided with 36 volts, while "Second gear" equated to 72 volts.[2] An advertisement for the car in 1941 claimed a range of 100 km (62 mi) between charges without mentioning that this range was only available where adhering to steady cruising speed of 20 km/h (12 mph).[2] Cruising at a steady 40 km/h (25 mph) would, on the same basis, have given a range of 65 km (40 mi).[2]

The car had a modern looking all-enveloping two-seater body with a relatively long tapered tail which contained the motor and some of the batteries.[2] It had four wheels, but the rear axle, which delivered power to the road, was relatively narrow. The car was actively marketed during 1941 which was a period of price instability.[2] In August 1941 the Breguet electric car was priced at 56,000 francs: during the same month the Citroën Light bodied 11 (still listed, despite production by now being down to a trickle or suspended) was priced at 35,630 francs.[2]

The Breguet electric car was produced not at the firm's principal plant at Toulouse but at a smaller plant at Anglet (between Biarritz and Bayonne).[2]

See also

Notes and references

  1. Avions Breguet
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "Automobilia". Toutes les voitures françaises 1948 (salon Paris oct 1947). Paris: Histoire & collections. Nr. 26: Page 18. 1998.

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