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About Quiz #392: 1927 Induco Landaulet

About Tough to Crack Quiz #392: 1927 Induco Landaulet

Quite some French cars had this kind of Rolls-Royce like radiator in the 1920s and several of these were mentioned by the participants in this quiz. But no, it is not a Guilick, it is not a Montagnac (an example of this very obscure make was offered for sale recently in France), it is not a Bignan (not really obscure and with a slightly different radiator), it is not a Ravel, it is not a Jean Gras or a Donnet-Zedel (their radiators didn’t have such sharp edges). If you google “taxi Amsterdam 1926” you would have found the very same car: an Induco. Congratulations to João Pedro Gazineu and Robbie Marenzi  for your correct answers. But alas, since both of you are already members of the jury we have no winner this time.

The Induco was built by a small French company in the 1920s. The director was a mr. E. Van der Heyden and this Dutch name may give a clue to the remarkable fact that this car was actually imported into The Netherlands for two years. The Induco was shown at the Amsterdam Salon (‘RAI’) in 1926 by a company called ATAX (the name of a well-known taxi company from Amsterdam) which was located in Arnhem. According to the RAI catalogue one could admire seven cars at the stand: one ‘conduite intérieure’, one ‘transformable’, four examples of a ‘torpedo’ (with two, three and four seats) and one small delivery van. The bodies were either Weymann or ‘tout acier’.

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If one may believe the ads of the periode, ATAX succeeded in finding some agents for the Induco. One of them was in Amsterdam and already in the same year 1926 Induco cars were offered as cabs and for “wedding and touring” in the Dutch capital (the quiz photo). A small firm called Induco Taxi was located next to the famous Amsterdam Diamond Exchange and still offered its services in Jewish weeklies as late as 1932. In 1932 an Induco was offered for sale by a garage in Friesland in the Northern part of The Netherlands (“has been owned by a teacher”) so one can conclude that some have been sold around the country. The ATAX company had left the Induco by 1927 (probably because production of passenger cars in France had ceased) and soon afterwards became a Citro?n agent. Induco still offered trucks at the 1929 Paris Salon.

Not much is known about Induco and it is hard to find evidence for what is written. Some sources estimate that total production of Induco has been twenty cars. Considering the number of cars that have been present in The Netherlands, one may be inclined to believe that this figure must have been somewhat higher. Some sources also say that Induco only built tourer and berline models but an article in the Dutch motoring journal describing the cars at the 1926 RAI clearly shows photos of open torpedo models. Then there is the story that Induco cars were in fact Marguerites. Fact is that both Marguerite and Induco had a model BO with the same 59 x 100 mm Chapuis-Dornier engine and with almost the same dimensions. And finally: did Induco really start production in 1922 or 1923? If so, why were they not present at the Salons earlier than 1926?

(Text Fons Alkemade, photo collection Jon Terleth)

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Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK