6-wheels amphibious Gato Montes 2CV from 1971. Made in Barcelona (Spain) by Artés de Arcos company.

José Artés de Arcos (1893–1985) was a Spanish businessman. He was known in the automotive world, among many other accomplishments, for being the driver of racing cars such as the Guepardo of Formula 4 (1966), the Artés Campeador (1967) or the amphibious 6-wheel car the Artés Gato Montés (1971).

As an entrepreneur, José Artés de Arcos founded his own company, called José Artés de Arcos SA, a pioneer in Spain in the field of automotive industry supplies, as a manufacturer of lights, speakers, board boxes, flyers, among others.

He introduced the French multinational, Jaeger, into Spain, forming the Artés-Jaeger company, whose production halls were found in Barberà del Vallès, Barcelona Province. In this company all automotive electronic parts from different European brands were made. Artés de Arcos also brought the French headlights manufacturing company, Cibie, to Spain with which he formed a company called PASA.

This time he took advantage of the industrialization plans of southern Spain, building the factory in Martos, Jaén province. José Arcos Artés S.A. had production facilities in Barcelona, Madrid and Almeria, from which it supplied to automotive manufacturers.

This exhibit comes from The Salvador Claret Automobile Collection

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