Clement - Unique 'One-Off' cars in Australia pt.7

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Back in 2009, we put together a list of 13 of our favourite one-offs that had been featured in Unique Cars – or advertised for sale (not counting modified cars or ‘specials’). At number seven was this bright yellow 8hp Clement



From Unique Cars #300, Jun/Jul 2009

Peter Briggs is a familiar name to regular readers of Unique Cars. The West Australian collector has some of the country’s finest classic cars, and quite a few of his varied collection have featured in the magazine over the years. One of the oldest was a bright yellow Clement which, when it was built in France in 1901, was just a step up from a horseless carriage.

Delivered to the then Governor of Victoria, Sir Reginald Talbot, the Clement with its 8hp, 1.3-litre twin-cylinder engine and four-seater bodywork was discovered, intact, and up on blocks in the 1950s before being restored and residing in Briggs’ York Motor Museum.

Believed to be the last Clement built on a wooden chassis and the world’s sole surviving example in complete condition, the car has participated in the London-Brighton Run where it averaged a leisurely 11km/h.

Our top 13 'One-Off' list:

1. Nissan R34 GT-R Z-Tune

2. Studebaker Commander Cabriolet

3. Porsche 959

4. Lincoln Model K Lebaron Coupe

5. Plymouth AAR 'Cuda

6. Chevrolet Corvette L88

7. Clement

8. 1938 Lancia Astura Farina Cabriolet

9. 1958 Buick Limited

10. Alfa Romeo G1

11. BMW M1

12. Ferrari 750 Monza

13. Dodge Daytona


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