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August 1926.

Ballot Motors was a French automobile manufacturer who made cars between 1921 and 1932.

The Ballot brothers, Edouard and Maurice, founded their company in 1905.

Before World War I they manufactured automobile and marine engines.

The company was re-founded as Etablissements Ballot SA in 1910.

Edouard Ballot was well-known as a designer of reliable engines. He helped Ettore Bugatti in developing his first engines.

After World War I, the company entered motor racing with a straight-eight cylinder 4.9 litre car for the 1921 French Grand Prix. As well as racing engines, the company made a range of road engines which were fitted to their own production cars.

The first road car was a 2 litre tourer called Ballot 2 LS. In 1923 Ballot 2 LT and a sport version, Ballot 2 LTS followed. From 1927, eight cylinder engines were used.

In 1931 the company was taken over by Hispano-Suiza. Swift decline followed: the last model was practically a Hispano-Suiza and only the chassis was provided by Ballot.

Ballot closed down in 1932.

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