Alice’s Poor Man’s Bugatti

While living in Paris after World War I, Alice De Lamar was caught up in the passion for sports cars.

Even though she owned a three-seater Bugatti, she preferred her “incredibly chic” Amilcars — she owned three — to the expensive Bugatti.

During this period, the bartender of the Ritz Bar in Paris named a cocktail — the Side Car — in honor of this unique automobile.

This CGS Amilcar was nicknamed the “poor man’s Bugatti”  in its native France and was among the most successful small sports cars of the 1920s. The CGS of 1924 weighed just 992 pounds.

The car was doorless, with pointed-tail bodywork and a “racing” radiator. It had a top speed of 75 mph and sold new for about $1,100. In total there were around 4700 examples produced.

In 1927, Alice’s good friend Eva Le Gallienne turned in her American Studebaker roadster for a French Amilcar.ühlerfigur



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