Saturday, February 3, 2018
Car Side Presentation
Produced in Belgium, the 1911 Metallurgique was built by body maker Van den Plas. It features one of the earliest boattail bodies. Engineer John Bastien worked for Metallurgique before moving to Indianapolis to work for the Stutz Motor Car Company.
The 1911 Metallurgique was first owned by George Macphearson-Grant at Ballindallach Castle in Scotland. It participated in the Windsor Coronation Rally in 1953 celebrating the beginning of Queen Elizabeth’s monarchy. It appeared in the 1965 film “The Great Race.”
The car was donated to the museum by Robert Abbott of Alton, Illinois.