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#1

“Be brave. Ride.”

The story of Chevalier is a very peculiar one: originally founded in Naples in 1933 as a joint English-Italian enterprise (the original founders were Patrick Gurose and Emiliano Martelli) for the production of engines for motorsports, after 1935 it moved all its activites to the UK, in Nottingham, before being definitely shutted down with the beginning of the war.
In 1956 a brief attempt by Martelli to revive the brand ended in failure after the only model produced, the C100, didn’t succeed to impose itself into the new Formula 1 races, despite the critical acclaim that surrounded its debut.
In 2005 talks began between the Martelli family and a financial conglomerate, headed by the famous British pilot and businessman William McAndrew and his Dutch partner Johann Van Deer, in order to bring back the brand to life.
Finally, the 2nd August 2010 the Chevalier Motors was officially born, with its main factory now located in Altopascio, northern Tuscany, and a completely new focus as a generalist car manufacturer.


Despite its turn toward generalist manufacturing, something of the old spirit of the original Chevalier is still kept in its industrial concept: the brand is basically divided in two distinct divisions, Chevalier Motor Engineering, responsible for the design and production of all engines employed on the cars, and which thus collect the legacy of Gurose and Martelli, and the proper car manufacturing division. Chevalier is particularly proud in stressing that all its cars only mount Chevalier-produced engines; moreover, the same engines are often the subject of industrial exchanges with other manufacturers.
Furthermore, the brand also maintains a strong link with an independent design studio, Fiorino, based in Florence, which it funded, and is responsible for the design of all the brand models to date.


Right now, Chevalier is in the midst of a struggle for determining its own identity and, thus, its future. The current set of models produced by the company ranges from city cars to SUV and spiders, with a focus on sport-like performances at a lower price. However, this image of ‘cheap prestige’ is already getting obsolete, as competition is becoming more and more aggressive, and some weird decisions by the top echelons resulted in the creation of models with unclear market targets.
Two schools of thought are now facing each other: one pointing at rising the brand status to the premium level and a stronger emphasis on motorsports, the other instead privileging a continuation of the current trend, possibly further extending the range markets to be targeted.
What will happen, only the future could tell.


Current Lineup

Aglovale Touring Wagon
Esclabor Crossroad
Galahad Sport
Gawain BeYoung
Lancelot 5p
Meleagant Spider


#2
Aglovale Touring Wagon

“Live without constraints”

Price: 30.000$

The idea behind the Aglovale is simple: to provide customers with a competitive shooting brake, enjoying comfort without sacrificing too much of a more sporty attitude, all within an affordable price range.
The Aglovale Touring Wagon shows most of the stylistic marks of the new Chevalier, including the frontal two-lines mask, the brand name on the back, the ‘vanishing handles’ on the sides, the single windscreen wiper on the front. The back lights take their inspiration directly from the Lancelot 5p.
Behind the chassis, there is the latest member of the HiTE (standing for High Turbo Engine) family, the 2500/250, a six in-line cylinders producing a maximum of 184,3 kw at 5200 rpm, mated with a 5-speed gearbox. As usual for current Chevalier industrial policies, both engine and gearbox are unique to the model, and they also make for the only motorization choice for the vehicle.

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#3
Esclabor Crossroad

“Life without boundaries”

Price: 34.900$

The first SUV ever produced by Chevalier marks both a departure and a sign of continuity in the brand’s model conceptualization. While some may have had doubts about the possibility for Chevalier to create a successful SUV, market’s response since its launch proved such doubts to be unfounded at best.

The Esclabor presents all the unmistakable signs of Chevalier and of the design studio Fiorino. With interiors pointing at comfort and simple elegance, the exteriors reaffirm Chevalir’s usual design elements, such as the ‘vanishing handles’ or the brand name on the back. For the first time, the traditional front mask was splitted in two, with the logo put in the space between them. The mood toward sportivity is further emphasized by the two double-exhausts on the back.

The engine powering the Esclabor is the 4500/310, of the HiCE (High Cylinders Engine) family. 228,3 kw at 5800 rpm and 414,8 Nm, an in-line six-cylinders DOHC made entirely in cast iron, with a total cubage of 4497cc, the 4500/310 ensures great stability and continuity in performance, without sacrificing speed (with the highest speed between 202 km/h) and sportivity (being able to reach the 0-100 in just 7,03 s).
A true testament to Chevalier original vocation.

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#4
Galahad Sport

“Live the city. Live sport.”

Price: 30.500$

When Chevalier wanted to target a new, more unusual, market for the brand, that of the younger, urban-settled, customers, the result was the Galahad Sport.
The design choices of Fiorino (once again responsible for it) all pointed toward the addressing an audience looking for something dynamic and with a peculiar character: vanishing handles on the upper part of the sides; carbon-fiber external colors; lateral air intakes; and a peculiar design for the back, all contributes at giving the Galahad a strong, dynamic character.
The interiors reflect the premium level of the model, together with the high-level infotainment system.

But dynamist cannot be confined to appearances. The engine is a member of the small-sized LiCE (Light Cylinders Engine) family, the 1300/90i, an in-line three-cylinders, aluminum SOHC-9, with the main body made in AlSi, for a total cubage of 1297cc. Able to deliver 66,1 kw at 5800 rpm and 118,9 Nm, for an highest speed of 166 km/h and combined with a 6-speed gearbox, the engine contributes to the Galahad urban character.

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#5
Gawain BeYoung

“Be brave. BeYoung.”

Price: 9.320$

The success of the Galahad Sport led Chevalier to decide to focus even more on the market of younger customers. In this sense, the Gawain BeYoung marked an even stronger jump into the segment, with Chevalier deciding to target those teenagers who have to choose their very first car.
The result in design is probably the most peculiar, and in some ways most aggressive one that ever came out from the Fiorino studio for the Italian-British brand: on the front the round-ish lights combine with the prominent air intake (also replied on the sides), the back-side lights, linked by a peculiar white stripe and the carbon-fiber, strong, colors, all give this two-seater model its own, unmistakable, character.

The engine is the Y 900/70, a variant of the LiCE family, an in-line three-cylinders DOHC built entirely in cast iron, able to deliver 51,2 kw at 6900 rpm and 71 Nm, for an highest speed of 136 km/h.
The Gawain soon proved to be a shot in the dark for Chevalier, and the model was deemed a fiasco even before the beginning of mass production. At the end, it was scrapped entirely in favour of the Galahad Sport.

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#6
Lancelot 5p

“A new way of driving”

Price: 138.000$

The very first attempt of the recently-reborn Chevalier to get into the market targeted the Premium segment, and specifically the Premium City Car one. The result was the Lancelot 5p (derived from the Italian “5 porte”, five doors): a city car with a sort of a sport fleece, it became the stylistic precursor of the new generation of Chevalier products, showing elements such as the brand full name on the rear or the two-bands front mask. With a chassis entirely built in carbon fiber, able to comfortably carry five people in a luxury cockpit, and provided with the newest optionals already in the base package, together with the finest safety technology, the Lancelot is propelled by the first instance of the LiTE family of engines, the 1500/83.

An in-line three-cylinders, cast iron and aluminium built engine with a total cubage of 1502 cc, the 1500/83 produces 61,7 kw at 5.500 rpm, and 140,6 Nm at 4.900 rpm.
Despite being partly well received by the Premium market, the Lancelot clearly showed from its very beginning to be a mistake for Chevalier: ludicrously expensive even for its targets, and without a performance level sufficient to ever justify that, the Lancelot was retired early, and all projects related to further developments (like a spider and coupè versions) temporarily halted.

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#7
Meleagant Spider

“Freedom beyond limits”

Price: 27.000$

Chevalier’s very first tourism car, the Meleagant was introduced soon after the Galahad in order to diversity the brand offer. A two-seat, aluminium-built chassis offering premium-level interiors and finishes, the Meleagant also introduced some small stylistic developments into the traditional design by Fiorino, such as the enlarged front mask now integrated with the lights, and the disappearance of the brand full name at the rear. The leading design idea was to keep the car look not too aggressive, while not renouncing at showing the inherent sport-ish spirit fuelling the concept.

To propel the Meleagant, a new iteration of the HiTE family of turbo engines was designed, the 2000/175. The first V engine produced by Chevalier after the '50s, six-cylinders, aluminium-sylicon built, able to produce 120,1 kw at 6.100 rpm for a maximum speed of 199 km/h and 0-100 in 8,10 s.

Probably the best car ever produced by Chevalier in its first year of renewed activity, the Meleagant met with a decent success in the very market segment it intended to target, that of more economic and budget-based convertibles, though issues related to engine efficiency and some design choices prevented it from becoming a best-seller. Nonetheless, the Meleagnat was well received also amogn Chevalier’s investors, attracting the attention of William McAndrew as a possible candidate for being the platform of the first racing car by the brand, a dream the British pilot did not hide since the very beginning.
Until now, and while debate inside Chevalier is getting hotter by the day on the issue, the Meleagant has seen some limited participation to racing competitions, driven by gentlemen drivers, and winning some success.

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