Amilcar Pegase N7 Saint Hubert from 1937 with four cylinders, 2151 cc, 12 HP. Max. speed: 120 km/h
The Amilcar Pégase is a mid-sized car made between 1934 and 1937 by the French Amilcar company. The 2150 cc 4 cylinder engine placed it in the 12CV car tax band. Other engine sizes, including a 2490 cc (14CV) unit, were also listed.
The car’s introduction coincided with the final chapter of Amilcar’s struggle for survival. After 1935 the Pégase was the manufacturer’s only listed model, and by the time it was delisted, the residuum of Amilcar had been absorbed into Hotchkiss.
The Amilcar Pégase was an elegant car, offering a range of bodies that featured the stylish aerodynamic look that became fashionable in the middle 1930s.
The car was launched with a four-cylinder 2150-cc (12CV) engine produced by Delahaye, and shared with the Delahaye 134N. In the Amilcar application a maximum output of 58 hp (43 kW) was listed. Top speed would have varied according to the weight and style of the body specified, but a maximum of approximately 130 km/h (81 mph) was quoted.
Plans existed to launch the car with an ohc 2120-cc (12CV) four cylinder unit designed by the manufacturer’s own engineer whose name was Grillot, an engine which would have produced the same peak power. In the event it was decided that it would be more cost effective to fit the similarly sized Delahaye engine, however, and it is not clear whether any of the Grillot engined 12CV Pégases were ever offered for sale.
The home team nevertheless persisted and in 1935 a larger “racer” engine, also designed by Grillot, and based on his earlier design, was added to the list, providing up to 75 hp (56 kW) of power from 2490 cc.