HISTORICAL MODEL GALLERIES
( not produced anymore )
Since 1901, our history :
THE BEGINNING OF THE MARQUE:
Guy and Carl, the de La Chapelle brothers
Owners of a vineyard in Burgundy, the brothers Guy and Carl de La Chapelle acquire a Mors 5hp in 1896 and this Rochet-Schneider in 1900.
The two brothers create the marque DE LA CHAPELLE – STIMULA to produce motorcycles and Tricars.
1901 – 1907
STIMULA motorcycles are sold throughout Europe.
The two brothers move on to automobiles with their cousins Neyrand, blacksmiths in the Loire region of France. The shape of the grill symbolizes an imposing “hill climb”, a difficult test at the time, and embodies the image of the reliability of the marque.
1907 – 1923
De La Chapelle is a true manufacturer that designs and manufactures its own engines, highly appreciated for their endurance and reliability.
Paris is conquered by the advantages of the brand’s light and robust cars. An agency is opened in the Capital.
1907 – 1914
The racing driver Rivière won many competitions.
1914 – 1923
First World War. The two brothers are mobilized. Carl, the engineer, was gassed on the battlefront and returned in very poor health. The company did not recover and was closed in 1923.
A few decades later …
Guy and Carl’s passion for automobiles is inherited by their great-nephew, Xavier. In 1976, he decides to relaunch the family brand at the age of 26.
THE REBIRTH OF THE MARQUE :
Xavier de La Chapelle
In 1984, the “Messier-Hispano-Bugatti” company authorized Xavier de La Chapelle to mount the BUGATTI badge on the grille of his 55 Type for having preserved the spirit of the vintage models (before the brand was finally bought a few years later by Romano ARTIOLI to produce the EB110).
Version with BMW 6-cylinder engine (with Alpina or Schnitzer modifications).
1978 De La Chapelle 55 type junior
6/10th scale version for young drivers. It is also exhibited in museums or automobile showrooms, and participates in prestigious events such as Le Mans Classic (Little Big Mans).
Four-seater version, resulting from the request of customers wishing to share their passion with their family.
1990 De La Chapelle 55 type Grand Prix – Series 4
Sleek and lightweight version, intended for competition use.
1992 De La Chapelle 57S TYPE Atalante – Series 5
Closed or open-top version, with a more statutory style.
It represents the culmination of all De La Chapelle models equipped with the BMW 6-cylinder (15 years of continuous development), and was the inspiration for the creation of the brand new Atalante V8 6 Series, currently in the final phase of development.
EXPERIENCE AND KNOW-HOW
1989 – 1992 VENTURI
1989 – 1992 VENTURI Xavier de La Chapelle runs the French sports car manufacturer.
At the Paris Motor Show, Xavier de La Chapelle presents a range of innovative ( Parcours monospace limousine), timeless (Type 55) and sporty (Venturi 260) automobiles.
Xavier de La Chapelle unveils the first sports car to be manufactured in India. The sudden disappearance of his Indian partner stops the construction of the factory in Bombay.
1998 – 2013 DLC Engineering
In parallel with the production of his own models, Xavier de La Chapelle ensures the development of various projects (e.g. PGO BR500).
2014 – 2019 NAVYA
Xavier de La Chapelle focuses on electric mobility as Project Architect for the development of a 100% autonomous shuttle.
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