Ballot Paris

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

Ballot Paris

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

Ballot Paris

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

Ballot Paris

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

Ballot Paris

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

Ballot Paris

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

The amazing history of Ballot automobiles

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BALLOT, one of the greatest automotive marques the world has never heard of!

We are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Ballot with our exclusive “Ballot” champagne!

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BALLOT

by Daniel Cabart and Gautam Sen, with photography by Makarand Baokar
and contributions from Karl Ludvigsen and David Burgess-Wise
 

The fastest car in the world in 1919!

Four Ballot racers – featuring cutting-edge, straight-eight engines with DOHC and four valves per cylinder – entered the 1919 Indianapolis 500 race, but came away with results that belied their potential. However, triumphs soon followed, including a second place at the 1921 French Grand Prix, a win at the first Italian Grand Prix a couple of months later, and then further successes in over 300 races and hillclimbs.

Ballot racing engines were copied by Miller, Offenhauser and Sunbeam, and inspired Duesenberg. The Ballot sports cars were an inspiration for the Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, Bentleys, Delages and other specialised, high-performance production cars that were to take the sporting world by storm in the later 1920s, and they were unarguably the ancestor of all modern sports cars, being the first to be produced in series with a twin overhead camshaft engine and four valves per cylinder. Prominent coachbuilders, from H.J. Mulliner to Figoni, clothed their sporting chassis with imaginative designs, many of which are featured in these volumes.

This book is about Ballot the company and its founder, Ernest Ballot, as well as paying tribute to Ernest Henry, the man behind the engines, and the many brilliant racers, designers, and innovators associated with Établissements Ballot, one of the greatest of all French automotive marques that time has almost forgotten.

View sample pages from the book by clicking here.

Dalton Watson Fine Books is pleased to announce this major two-volume work on the history and cars of Ballot.
The 920-page set is due to be published in March, 2019.

• $350 USD
• Two volumes in dust jacket with slipcase
• Page count: Vol. 1: 448, Vol. 2: 472
• Images: 
1650 images
• ISBN: 
978-185443303-9

Topics covered include:
• Monsieur Ballot and His Company
• Ernest Henry
• The Technology of Ballot Grand Prix Engines
• The Races: 
Including the 1919 and 1920 Indianapolis 500, 1921 French Grand Prix, 1921 Italian Grand Prix, Gaillon Hillclimb, Targa Florio, Brooklands and more…
• The Racing Ballots: 5/8LC, 3/8LC, 2LS
• The Ballot Road Cars: 2LT, 2LTS, RH, HS-26
• Ballot Motorcycle, Stationary and Marine Engines and more!

Testimonials Quotes

“Since the Ballot book arrived several days ago I have been spending all my free moments reading it! I only thought I knew something about the Ballot cars! It is a very remarkable book and one that I can see spending many, many more hours with and enjoying every moment. Everyone associated with the book should be proud of the result. I am not easily impressed and the Ballot book has really impressed me.”

H. Donald Capps Specialist in Automotive History

“What a fantastic job you did with Gautam and Daniel. I am very happy that Retromobile was somewhere the beginning of this adventure.”

Francois Melcion Director of Retromobile

“I think it’s a HUGE good work!”

Rafael Pueche The Spanish Historic Car Specialist

“I have only just had the chance to sit down and enjoy it for a few minutes…that became an hour! What a splendid production and the quality of the period photos and the amount of work that has gone into it is literally amazing”

Peter Bradfield Specialist in selling classic, sports & racing cars

“It is truly a magnificent and very well documented work, the type we need so badly to keep protecting, preserving and promoting world motoring heritage. Coup de chapeau to the writers too!”

Patrick Rollet President of FIVA

“Huge congratulations to all who were involved – it’s a true masterpiece! The quality of the images and incredibly detailed research is really amazing!”

Jonathan Procter Expert Classic Cars

You have done what none others have done—you’ve combined the facts, the history, the essence of the Ballot marque AND you’ve published countless photographs, probably many never seen before, to literally illustrate the facts as written. It’s a jewel of a publication, and I congratulate you on not only its content, but the quality.

Diane Brandon Rolls-Royce and Bentley Specialist