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Chenard Senechal
Senechal Ts3 - 1926

Senechal 1926

Sénéchal Sport de 1925 type SS2

Chenard Senechal 1100


Specifications performance Top speed of about 71 mph engine typedrivetrain: Overhead-valve, in-line 4-cylinder displacement 1,094 cc (1.1 l) power rating 32 hp transmission 4-speed manual chassis: Transverse leaf-spring front sus¬pension; About 1,060 lbs. About vehicle Primitive but effective Senechal used the simplest engines he could get and mounted them on the most primitive chassis possible. Somehow he got excellent results. The first senechal, the b4, had a ruby 900cc four-cylinder engine. This was soon renamed the sport and accompanied by a bigger 975cc grand sport. A 1.1-litre model was added in 1923, and frontwheel brakes and electric lighting were adopted later. designed for racing the ts3 was a fast car for the time, capable of more than 70 mph. It had a 1.1-litre overhead-valve ruby four-cylinder engine and a four-speed transmission attached to a cone clutch. The front suspension consisted of a transverse leaf spring on a rigid axle. The rear axle had no differential. Some axle ratios were revised for competition by private parties, british as well as french. As its appearance and Robert Senechals driving career suggest, the Senechal ts3 was meant to be raced.


When Robert Senechal built his first sports car in Courbevoie he was already a world-famous racing car driver. The first Senechal from 1921, the B4, was a sporty two-seater with a 900 cc, four-cylinder engine. The engines came from the Ruby company, a specialist in the field. Quite soon several larger models followed the small two-seater. In 1922, a Grand Sport with a 975 cc engine with overhead valves was unveiled and in 1923 a model was launched with a 1100 cc engine. The cars were perfect for racing. A Senechal won the Boulogne Grand Prix in 1923 and 1924 and the famous Bol d'Or in 1923, 1924 and 1925. In 1926, the company was taken over by Chenard & Walcker. In that same year, there were three basic models in the range: the small Voiturette, the Sport and the Grand Sport. All the cars were powered by a 972 cc engine made by Chenard & Walcker. The Voiturette had a side-valve engine, both the other engines had overhead valves. Senechals were manufactured until 1929. From that moment on the company limited itself to its own products.

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I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has knowledge of any other Chenard Senechal cars or further details of their history. Contact me at graeme_love@bigpond.com


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