Ill-fated CTA-Arsenal in full detail ...
Having suffered German and Italian domination for many years, both the French and British were very keen to return to Grand Prix racing immediately after the War with new, superior machines. Using governing backing, the French created the CTA Arsenal. The project was the brainchild of Le Mans-winner Raymond Sommer, who called in the help of CTA (Centre for Technical studies for Automobiles and bikes) for the design and the army 'Arsenal' for the construction of the cars. CTA also employed the services of Albert Lory, who had previously penned the all conquering Delage 15-S8 Grand Prix racer. The result was a very interesting design, which featured a 1.5 litre supercharged V8 and torsion-bar suspension. Sadly, the high profile project failed miserably and after two fruitless attempts in the French Grand Prix, the cars were retired from active service at the end of the 1948 season. One example has, fortunately, survived and was prepared to compete in the 2010 Monaco Historic Grand Prix. This allowed us to capture the unusual machine in full detail.
The CTA-Arsenal article serves as our final preview for this weekend's edition of the biennial Monaco Historic Grand Prix. This time it will not be one of the competitors but the 250-car strong field does include machinery ranging from a Ferrari 1512, various examples of the March 701, a Tyrrell P34 six-wheeler to Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza. After the weekend, we will provide a full report of all the on-track activities as well as the Bonhams and RM Auctions sales hosted by the small principality.
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1947 CTA-Arsenal Grand Prix - Images, Specifications and Information
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