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Berliet

(France) 1895-1936.
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Berliet was a French manufacturer of automobiles, trucks and other utility vehicles, based in Venissieux, outside of Lyons, France.

berliet logotype

Berliet logotype.

In 1900 he offered twin-cylinder cars also. After taking over Audibert & Lavirotte in 1901, M. Berliet built two-and four-cylinder cars, and a year later he introduced a completely new design with a honeycomb radiator and steel chassis frame instead of wood.

From 1907 to the outbreak of war, Berliet production was mainly centered on three models: fours of 2412cc and 4398cc and a six of 9500cc. A 1539cc model was current from 1910-12. Berliet made cars until 1917, but developed their lorry department during the war for the needs of the French Army.

After the war they resumed production of cars with a 12 hp (2613cc), 15 hp (3308cc) and 22 hp (4398cc), plus other minor models. The sv engines were all of pre-war design. In 1924 Berliet presented new ohv engines: a 7 hp (1159cc) would-be popular car, a 12 hp (2484cc) and an 18 hp (3969cc), these models co-existing with the old side-valves. With the growth of lorry sales, Berliet had less and less interest in making cars. Nevertheless they launched two new six-cylinders of 1800cc and 4000cc in 1927.

In 1933, only two car models were listed: a 1600cc and a 2000cc, available in side-valve as well as ohv form. The last model, presented in 1936, was the Dauphine, a modern-looking car similar to the Chrysler Airflow, with independent front suspension.

Marius Berliet died shortly after the war; a change of policy had already suppressed cars in favour of lorries.

Berliet was taken over by Citroen in 1967, then acquired by Renault in 1974 and merged with Saviem into a new Renault Trucks company in 1978. The Berliet marque was phased out by 1980.

(text source: Wikipedia)

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Berliet icon.

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Berliet emblem. (source: Apijunior)

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1923 Berliet 23/70 HP.

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Mike Fuller3218 days ago

I saw a Berliet at Shoreham airshow and it was a vee 8, with outside rockers, any idea what model this was ?

mark2924 days ago

What you saw was a berliet racing car which was bought as little more than a chassis & without an engine. It was completely rebuilt to return it to how the owner believes it would have looked when it was new. The engine is an 8.25 litre taken from a WW1 aeroplane. I saw it at the Bromley Pageant of Motoring on 14th June 2009.

Eric Warren2695 days ago

My father had a Berliet tourer after the WWII, in Perth, Western Australia. It was pre 1930's in styling.
It had a fabric coated (canvas?) body , similar to early aeroplanes.
Was this an early production model or a later fabrication? What year/s?
Thanks for any info.
Eric.

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