WHERE CLASS MEETS STYLE
WHERE CLASS MEETS STYLE
Production Years: 1936-1939
Number Produced: 2,581
Before the War, Mathis was the number 4 car manufacturer in France, behind Renault, Citroën and Peugeot. In 1934, Emile Mathis made an agreement with Ford and his plant in Strasbourg was producing the MATFORD, a contraction for Mat(his) + Ford.
In 1940, Emile Mathis left France for the United States. He started a company, MATAM, to manufacture munitions for the Navy. By the end of the War he had 200 employees and delivered more than 260 million artillery shells to the Navy. He later received the “E” award from the Navy with 5 stars.
The car in front of you was presented at the Paris Automobile Show in 1946, but after the war France was in turmoil. Raw materials and energy were in short supply. With a Communist minister in charge of production, Politics ran amuck. In fact, Louis Renault was imprisoned and died shortly thereafter; and a the Berliet brothers in Lyon suffered a similar fate.
The French Government through planification and heavy bureaucracy blocked Mathis from obtaining supplies to manufacture the car. The VEL 333 was doomed and there is only one survivor; the one right here in this museum.
Weight: 390 kg (850 pounds)
Top Speed: 105 kmh (65 mph)
Mileage test results from September 1942 under control of French Office for Production : 3.475 liters per 100 km = 69 miles per gallon
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