Chevalier Motors

“Be brave. Ride.”


Chevalier is more than a brand or a name. It is a history, and the passion that gives that history its meaning.
Since the humble beginnings of the 1930s to the revival of the 2010s and, finally, to our days, passion has been the driving force that sustained our efforts and gave them energy. Despite all the challenges, overcoming all the storms.
The same energy that powers our cars, the same passion that transfers them from a whiteboard to you, the man and the woman who will drive it, as the knights rode their horses in their quests for the unimaginable.

As a brand, our promise is to give our customers the best quality engines for every need they may have, encapsulated inside cars that may inspire them to drive whenever and wherever their imagination leads them.
As a company, our goal is to keep fulfilling that promise.

By combining British and Italian elegance and unceasing quest for sportiveness, we want to deliver the best that our efforts may offer you at the best of prices. We do not want to create products: we want to create experiences.
And you, as our customer, are at the very center of that experience: the cars we make, are made for you.

You don’t believe that? Try.

Be brave. Ride.

New Lineup

Percival Skyview & Skyview Sport


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 was still kept in its industrial concept: the brand was 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 collected the legacy of Gurose and Martelli, and the proper car manufacturing division. The new Chevalier was particularly proud in stressing that all its cars only mounted Chevalier-produced engines; moreover, the same engines were often the subject of industrial exchanges with other manufacturers.
Furthermore, the brand also maintained a strong link with an independent design studio, Fiorino, based in Florence, which it funded, and was responsible for the design of all new models the brand put on the market.

However, not everything was bright: already at its very inception, the new Chevalier was in the midst of a struggle for determining its own identity and, thus, its future as a brand and a company. The first set of models produced by the company ranged from city cars to SUV and spiders, with a focus on sport-like performances at a lower price. However, this image of ‘cheap prestige’ was already getting obsolete at the time of their introduction on the market, as competition was becoming more and more aggressive, and some weird decisions by the top echelons had resulted in the creation of models with unclear market targets, to say the least.
Two schools of thought soon began to face 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 established trend, possibly further extending the range markets to be targeted.
As a result of these internal struggles, coupled with worldwide economic crisis and the company’s increasing financial instability, Van Deer left the partnership. Soon after, the company collapsed, and the factory in Altopascio was closed in December 2012, after only two years of activity.
McAndrew, however, did not yield. After collecting enough interests among new and old investors, he decided to revive the brand once again: as a result, the factory in Altopascio was reopened the 23rd September 2018, marking, once again, the rebirth of Chevalier. The Motor Engineering division, revived as well, moved instead to nearby Cascina, while a second factory was planned to open in Chobham, UK.
The brand is now more oriented on relatively small production numbers, with its divisions offering services also to external customers for both engine and aesthetic design (or re-design).

Old Lineup

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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“The return of Chevalier”

The Percival Skyview it’s the first model of the revived Chevalier brand. It is a testament to the renewed efforts to build a car that is powered by passion, the same passion that animated Gurose and Martelli when they first created the company in 1933; the same passion that drove Martelli into creating the C100 to pursue his old dream of building a racing car for the future.
That future is now.
The Percival Skyview will bring you into a world where the passion of building a car is one with the passion of driving it: its innovative design combines the characteristics of an SUV with Chevalier’s mark of sportiveness. Whether your quest will bring you on some dusty gravel road in the countryside, among the crowded streets of a city, or on the perfect tarmac of an highway, the Percival Skyview will be at your side. And thanks to the amazing crystal-glass roof, you will really feel the world all around you during your journeys.

Both the Skyview and the Skyview Sport are built with premium quality materials, from the engine and mechanical structures down to the interiors, where you feel surrounded by luxury materials, combined with
a state-of-the-art infotainment, including a brand new HUD.

Where they differ, is in their driving. While the Skyview has been designed to give you the maximum comfort, combined with excellent fuel economy, thanks to its new PALFREY 2.0 Active engine, the Skyview Sport will give you the best sport experience an SUV will ever give you. Its new STEED 4.0 Sport engine is able to produce 333,9 kw (453 CVs) at 7000 rpm.
Because we at Chevalier still believe that the ‘S’ stands for ‘Sport’.

Both models spots a 9-speed automatic transmission gearbox, while great attention has been devoted to a perfect calibration of their suspension systems for the best handling of the car, depending on their configuration. This means that while you can rest assured about the comfort they will give you while on board the Percival Skyview, when moving on to her sport sister, the situation will be different, and the suspensions will give you what only a true sports car can give.

Technical data

Percival Skyview
Price: 75300$
Type: 5 doors / 5 passengers
Wheelbase / Lenght / Width: 2,98m / 4,98m / 2,27m
Chassis: Monocoque high-resistance steel
Body: Stainless steel
Disposition: Front longitudinal AWD longitudinal monocoque
Gearbox: 9-speed advanced automatic
Suspensions: Double wishbone (Front) / Multilink (Rear)
Weight: 2354 kg (54% front / 46% rear)

PALFREY 2.0 Active
Power: 148,0 kw (201 CVs) @ 6100 rpm
Limit: 6100 rpm
Base: AlSi 1997 cc in-line 6-cylinders
Head: AlSi DOHC
Compression: 9,0:1
Fuel system: Direct injection turbo
Efficiency: 29,33% - 262,2 g/Kwh (45.3 KB)

Percival Skyview Sport
Price: 82600$
Type: 5 doors / 5 passengers
Wheelbase / Lenght / Width: 2,98m / 4,98m / 2,27m
Chassis: Monocoque high-resistance steel
Body: Stainless steel
Disposition: Front longitudinal AWD longitudinal monocoque
Gearbox: 9-speed advanced automatic
Suspensions: Double wishbone (Front) / Multilink (Rear)
Weight: 2535 kg (54% front / 46% rear)

STEED 4.0 Sport
Power: 333,8 kw (453 CVs) @ 7000 rpm
Limit: 7000 rpm
Base: AlSi 3997 cc V6 60°
Head: AlSi DOHC
Compression: 9,2:1
Fuel system: Direct injection turbo
Efficiency: 24,18% - 318,1 g/Kwh (47.4 KB)


EDIT: Added downloadable files

The Meleagant is actually a pretty good entry-level sports car - and its 2.0L twin-turbo V6 develops just enough power to make it fast enough in the real world without being overwhelming for newcomers.

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Actually, I still believe the Meleagant is the best car me and my friend managed to make (we are two people actually forming Chevalier), after the Percival, that is.

But really thank you for your comment :slight_smile: It’s a long time I’m looking for feedback about our designs.