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Series: 28, 30, AKS

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About Minerva

The Minerva was a prominent Belgian luxury automobile manufactured from 1902 until 1938.

In 1883, a young Dutchman, Sylvain de Jong settled in Antwerp, Belgium. He started a bicycle factory and by the end of the century was producing motorcycles. In 1902 he added cars to his production as well with a 6hp 4 cylinder model. In 1903 he founded Société Anonyme Minerva Motors in Berchem (Antwerp). Volume car production began in 1904 with a range of two, three and four cylinder models with chain drive and metal clad wooden chassis and the Minervette cyclecar. The 8 litre Kaiserpreis won the Belgian Circuit des Ardennes race in 1907.

A certain Charles S Rolls was a Minerva dealer in England selling the 2.9 litre 14hp. The most important market for the manufacturer remained England, where at GBP105 the small 636 cc single cylinder Minervette was the cheapest car on the market, followed by the Netherlands and France.

In 1908, Minerva obtained a worldwide Knight Engine license. The Knight motor developed by Charles Yale Knight in the United States used double sleeve valves and ran almost silently. All future Minervas would use these engines. Sporting successes continued with the new engines including the Austrian Alpine Trials and Swedish Winter Trials. Customers for the Minerva would include kings of Belgium, Sweden and Norway and Henry Ford.

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4-door
5-seat
S8 16v 4.0L SL M-4
59.7 kW / 80.1 hp / 80.1 hp        
   

Minerva 28 CV

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, sleeve valves, 3958 cm3 / 241.5 cu in / 241.5 cu in, 59.7 kW / 80.1 hp / 80.1 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S6 12v 5.3L SL M-4
82.0 kW / 110.0 hp / 110.0 hp        
   

Minerva 30 CV (1921)

4-door 5-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, sleeve valves, 5344 cm3 / 326.1 cu in / 326.1 cu in, 82.0 kW / 110.0 hp / 110.0 hp, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 121 km/h / 75 mph / 75 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S6 12v 6.0L SL M-4
111.9 kW / 150.1 hp / 150.1 hp        
   

Minerva AKS Speed Six (1930)

4-door 5-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, sleeve valves, 5954 cm3 / 363.3 cu in / 363.3 cu in, 111.9 kW / 150.1 hp / 150.1 hp, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 145 km/h / 90 mph / 90 mph top speed

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