In Sers, Bosseboeufs will relive a legendary car

LPetits fours and champagne are out. That evening, in the garage of Michel and Emerson Bosseboeuf in Sers, we celebrate a great event: the delivery to the owner of the R1068 tray designed by Louis Rosier in 1953 and completely rebuilt here. “A unique car in the world…

LPetits fours and champagne are out. That evening, in the garage of Michel and Emerson Bosseboeuf in Sers, we celebrate a great event: the delivery to the owner of the R1068 tray designed by Louis Rosier in 1953 and completely rebuilt here. “A unique car in the world, with an engine unique in the world!”enthused Jean Goutal, a Frenchman who has lived in New York for forty years, happy as a child before the gift he has just given himself. “Wonderful! »raves about his page Laëtitia Rosier, granddaughter of Louis Rosier.

This famous barquette, the only copy of which ended up destroyed in 1962 in an accident at the hands of its owner at the time, competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1953 and took part in the Circuit des Remparts in 1955. A true legend because a real racing car built from elements from the small and popular Renault 4CV. A hill born of the imagination and ingenuity of Louis Rosier, an incredible master from Auvergne, Renault dealer, car designer and sports car driver emeritus. Which, incidentally, the Circuit des Remparts pays tribute to until November 5 through an exhibition at the Memorial Square for the Resistance and Deportation of Angoulême.

“This car is the culmination of ten years of research that I carried out in the United States on the American version of this barquette, “Rogue”, which I discovered in the hands of a friend with whom I do business. historic vehicle racing », continues Jean Goutal, who made his fortune in the hotel and catering industry before diversifying his activities. He even started his project of rebuilding Rosier Hill identically across the Atlantic. Especially thanks to 4CV spare parts bought by Renault from the Americans, found in the basement of a burned-out former factory in Detroit.

“But I only knew trouble after trouble! », the collector testifies. Which ends up turning to Michel Bosseboeuf, who had restored an Alpine A110 for him several years earlier. “I called Michel, who replied: ‘Send me the mess, I’ll see what I can do, but I can’t guarantee you anything’, says Jean Goutal, who owns several Alpines and even the first Matra to race in Formula 1. But when I first came and saw Michel pounding aluminum to do the body work, I knew I had won… Michel is a genius! »

At Les Bosseboeuf, nothing is impossible

After ten years of research by Jean Goutal, it took two years of work for Michel and Emerson Bosseboeuf. “ About 2,500 hours of work in total, with real headaches at times”, the Bosseboeuf son testifies. Michel seems to evacuate these difficulties as if it were child’s play. “However, due to a lack of plans, we redid everything from simple period pictures. Even for the engine », recalls Emerson Bosseboeuf. Who has not hesitated to go hunting for the missing 4 CV parts on the specialized exchanges.

For his part, Michel Bosseboeuf made dozens of calculations to remake the engine block. Brings some minor technical improvements to XXIe century. But the engine still develops its original 75 horsepower to 960 cm3 and a weight for the car of 600 kilos. With front disc brakes and rear drums. As for the upholstery, Bosseboeufs entrusted it to Angoumoisin specialist Philippe Vergeau. A goldsmith’s work which therefore goes beyond the simple aesthetics perfectly respected by Rosier 2022 compared to its “mother” from 1953. Because Bosseboeuf’s refinement has gone as far as seeking the color closest to the origin or having chrome – spoked wheels manufactured in a factory in Milan, Italy.

The incredible mission that Jean Goutal entrusted to the two high-flying mechanics from Charente was far from over. But for Michel and Emerson Bosseboeuf, nothing is impossible!

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