Charron Model X “Victorian style”. This brand was well-know for its reliability and power. It was the personal car of Santos-Dumont, considered a pioneer in the world of aviation. He used this model to tow his plane to the city of Reims (1910).
Made in France in 1910
Motor: 4 cylinders; 2400 cc
Power: 22 hp
Charron was a French automobile manufacturer, based in the Paris conurbation, and active between 1906 and 1930.
Although the company Automobiles Charron Limited was established (with a large injection of British finance) only in 1906 (and registered in 1907), its origins date from a business founded in 1901 called Automobiles Charron, Girardot et Voigt (C.G.V.).
Fernand Charron was born in 1866. Before turning his attention to automobiles, through the 1890s, he was a leading racing cyclist. However, he then became a successful racing driver, with several wins, driving a Panhard, during 1898.
Charron was swept up by the automobile craze, and in 1901, in partnership with Léonce Girardot and Emile Voigt, he established a company called Automobiles Charron, Girardot et Voigt (CGV), at 7 rue Ampère in Puteaux, approximately 8.7 kilometres (5.4 mi) from the central Paris. In 1905 the company had capital of 2 franc million.