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Hi, I am an automotive journalist. I was editor of The Engineer weekly news magazine from 1969 to 1980 before starting my own newsletter business...Auto Industry Newsletter. For many years I took a great interest in fighting vehicles, most notably battle tanks. Also I have a deep interest in gas turbine engines for vehicles and which I have studied for many years even though they have not come to pass.

 

My question...Does anyone know anything about Cohendet military trucks circa 1908 or thereabouts. I know they existed but have been able to find out very little about them. I think they had a front-mounted underfloor engine.

 

Does anyone know if there is a Cohedet vehicle in the UK, who owns it so that I can discover more about these vehicles which to me seem most elusive

 

Tankchief

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Yes, one was imported into the UK by Goff Radcliffe many years ago.

 

The engine on Cohendets had a low tension ignition system with mechanically driven contact breakers within each cylinder and rather than a radiator a simple water tank was mounted where the radiator would be normally located.

 

Although I am not aware of them being a military vehicle I have seen a photo of one on trials by the French army.

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Yes, one was imported into the UK by Goff Radcliffe many years ago.

 

The engine on Cohendets had a low tension ignition system with mechanically driven contact breakers within each cylinder and rather than a radiator a simple water tank was mounted where the radiator would be normally located.

 

Although I am not aware of them being a military vehicle I have seen a photo of one on trials by the French army.

 

 

Sorry, but I am new to the site. Is Goff Radcliffe well known in these circles? Is it easy to contact him via emails?

 

Tankchief

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