Marcel Pourtout: Carrossier
Jon Pressnell

Marcel Pourtout: Carrossier by Jon Pressnell
 
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Marcel Pourtout: Carrossier
by Jon Pressnell

Pourtout is a name often mentioned as one of the greats of French coachbuilding. It was the company behind the rakish Darl’mat Peugeots of the 1930s and the famous ‘Embiricos’ Bentley. From modest beginnings, founder Marcel Pourtout – latterly working with designer Georges Paulin – created a respected business that bodied some of the world’s finest and most interesting chassis.

When bespoke coachwork became a thing of the past, Carrosserie Pourtout was one of the few companies to survive. It moved on to fresh areas of activity. Quick on its feet, it thrived in a newly dynamised post-war France, whilst remaining a family business under the direction of Marcel Pourtout’s second son Claude.

Extravagant publicity vehicles, notably for the ‘Tour de France’ cycle race, replaced special-bodied Hispano-Suizas and Delahayes. Then Carrosserie Pourtout became involved with ALM, for whom it created a cab body that redefined the image of the company’s rugged trucks, these becoming a staple of armed forces around the world. Finally it became France’s leading converter of Peugeot light vans and a sub-contractor for the aircraft and oil-prospecting industries.

Written by award-winning author Jon Pressnell, this is the first history of Carrosserie Pourtout and has been compiled with the full and generous support of the Pourtout family. Using surviving documentation from the archives held by Kévin Pourtout, it tells the complete story of this enterprising small business, from its inception in 1925 to its demise in 1994.

  • 488 pages
  • 754 photographs
  • 290mm x 219mm
  • Hard cover with dust jacket
  • ISBN: 978-1-85443-286-5
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5 of 5 Marcel Pourtout May 1, 2022
Reviewer: Timothy Heggland from Mazomanie WI, WI United States  
Another wonderful production by Dalton-Watson.   I never imagined that I would someday have all the information I could hope for on this great but relatively little known French coachbuilder, but here it is, and well worth the wait.  Beautifully produced, superb photography, and excellent history and documentation.  Don't miss it.

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5 of 5 EXCELLENT PUBLICATION March 27, 2022
Reviewer: Bruce Chisholm from Blairgowrie, Perthshire United Kingdom  
I HAVE THOROUGHLY ENOYED READING THIS BOOK - VERY WELL RESEARCHED & INTERESTING

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5 of 5 ... for Coachbuilding-fans March 27, 2022
Reviewer: Frank Wollenberg from Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg Germany  
welcome addition to titles already available for other coachbuilders of the past century.

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5 of 5 March 27, 2022
Reviewer: Max Lewis from Moonee Ponds, Victoria Australia  
looks good......purchased two copies but probably wont get around to reading one until later....1-3 years as we move house.

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