Following World War 2, French politicians effectively killed the upper-middle range and luxury segments of the country's automobile industry. Skilled craftsmen working at coachbuilding firms along with assembly line workers lost their jobs thanks to the compassionate social theories rattling around France in those days.
Hotchkiss, in what amounted to a last-ditch effort to stay in the automobile business, hired noted engineer and front-wheel drive proponent Jean-Albert Grégoire to create a different kind of Hotchkiss. The project failed, as is described here.
If you live in North America and want to view two of these rare cars, a place to visit is the fascinating Tampa Bay Automobile Museum that features front-wheel drive and rear-engine cars, mostly from Europe.
Below are some photos I took there in 2017 along with some other Hotchkiss Grégoire images.
Hotchkiss Grégoire. It is a six-window sedan, but production cars had only four windows. At the right are MM. de Gary and Grégoire.
Hotchkiss Grégoire. I do not know the setting or the source of this photo. Like most recent front-wheel drive cars, it has considerable front overhang. The windshield is raked at an angle typical of today's cars, but unusual in the early '50s.
here). Cars are tightly packed at the museum, so it was difficult to get decent photos. I had to use a wide-angle setting.