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About Quiz # 314: 1923 Bignan 2L Sport 11CV

1923-bignan-sport-314-1Either you instantly recognized our quiz car or you didn’t. And looking at the many correct answers we received, it was obvious to most that it was a Bignan. These cars were known for their square radiator with a winged stork on top, which could be vaguely seen in the picture. Our quiz car is a 1923 Bignan 11Cv DESMO Sports. The engine is a 2L single OHC with Desmodromique valves, i.e. the valves are positively closed mechanically, not relying on springs. The model is also unusual in that it has servo-assisted brakes on the front wheels only. Many told us a lot about the history of the Bignan and its creator Jacques Bignan, but only two could tell us that the picture was taken in 1925 during the ‘Côte des 17 tournants’ (a hill climb near Dampierre in the Chevreuse Valley). They were Nicolas Boissier and Pascal Rousselle. Since Nicolas is a jurymember this week’s prize goes to Pascal, who even came up with our main picture showing the same Bignan from a different angle. Congratulations Pascal! The PreWarCar T-shirt will be on its way. See ‘Read More’ for the list of all entrants that had the make ‘Bignan’ correct.
(photos collection Karl Ludvigsen Library and collection Pascal Rousselle)

Pascal Rousselle (winner)
Jorge Canepa (see the forum Tricycleristes for more Bignan)
Jeff Rivers
Nicolas Boissier (jury)
Fried Stol (jury)
Philippe Bécret
Kaspars Dortāns
Dany Boucher
Pierre Barbault
Fredi Senn
Donald van Mourik
Reg Harris (jury)
Howard Morgan
Fred de Mol
Graeme Simpson
Tony Prebensen
Fritz Hegemann
Jesper Tichelaar
Hugh Stiles
Paul Linster (jury)
Donald Hill
Peter Slootweg
Martin Bellan
Robbie Marenzi (jury)
Uffe Mortensen
Branislav Sudjic
Mieke Franck
Frans Vrijaldenhoven (jury)
Thomas Rudolf


#2 2012-01-29 17:57
Hello Marc
As i try to collect all informations about the Bignan because of my connection with the make during the twentieth (my grand uncle owned the make betwwen 1924 and 1931) i am for the moment not able to confirm that a 2 liter desmodromic exists or not. but clearly the replica sawn in Retromobile has not such an engine. The chassis came from a 2 liter classic motor. I heard that the owner of the replica would build also a replica of the desmodromic but i don't know if he succeed in that adventure.
#1 2012-01-28 03:39
Does anyone have information on surviving "desmodromique" engined cars? I have seen images of the replica of the winner of the 2 litre class at the Spa and Le Mans 24 hour race and elsewhere at Retromobile but am not sure if this is based on an original desmo car. I imagine there are survivors of the "normal" 16 valve, overhead camshaft cars but have not heard of any survivors of a desmo.

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