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Hurtu

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c1900. Petit Duc. Single-cylinder. 3.5 hp. Reg No: AM 499 QX. Photo at the 2010 LBVCR.
January 1903.
French advertising poster for cars and cycles. Exhibit at the Musee Automobile de Vendee.
December 1911. Advert in French.

French maker of early automobiles.

Hurtu, Hautin et Diligeon was established in the northern French town of Albert in 1881 to make sewing machines.

Production of machine tools soon followed, together with the manufacture of bicycles.

The firm's cycle experience had in 1897 brought it the contract for the mass production of the tubular-framed 3-wheeler Leon Bollee voiturette and in 1898 Hurtu made the first 4-wheeled cars of its own design that were closely based on the layout of the then popular Benz Velo.

They were imported by Ariel and General Repairs

1906 produced 9, 10-12 and 18-22 h.p. models with shaft-drive. [1]

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book

Licensed manufacture of this vehicle was taken up by Marshall and Co of Manchester, who subsequently went on to make Belsize motor cars.

Early Registrations

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Sources of Information

  1. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell in 1906.