French Brasier Coupe Chauffeur Type KD from 1908, four cylinders, 3397 cc, 24 HP, 65 km/h

Brasier was a French automobile manufacturer, based in the Paris conurbation, and active between 1905 and 1930.

The firm began as Richard-Brasier in 1902, and became known as Chaigneau-Brasier in 1926.

Before World War I, several twin, four and six-cylinder models were offered. During this period the company was selling around 1,000 cars annually.

Brasier was one of several companies to be contracted to produce the innovative Hispano-Suiza V8 aero engine for use in such scouts as the SPAD S.VII, S.E.5a and Sopwith Dolphin. However, Brasier engines were of such poor quality that the RFC’s Quartermaster General, Brig.-Gen. Robert Brooke-Popham had to write: “When 1,170 [rpm] SE.5s are allotted, please issue any other 1,170 SE.5 in preference to a Brasier. Brasier engines will only be issued to squadrons when no other 1,170 is available.

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