Minerva 1930



Minerva at Auto Rai – Amsterdam Motor Show.

After World War I, during which Sylvain de Jong and his engineers had headed to Amsterdam where they kept on developing parts, they returned to restart the production of luxury cars in 1920 with 20CV 3.6 litre 4 cylinder and 30CV 5.3 litre six cylinder models. The constructor's star rose in the United States as well where American filmstars, politicians and industrials liked the cars. The car had the same qualities as the Rolls-Royce, but was a little cheaper. In 1923 smaller models were introduced with the 2 litre four cylinder 15CV and 3.4 litre six cylinder 20CV with standard four wheel brakes. For 1927 there was a replacement for the 30CV with the 6 litre AK and also a new 2 litre six with the 12-14. Large cars continued to be something of a speciality and in 1930, the then almost compulsory for the time, straight eight was introduced in two sizes, the 6.6 litre AL and the 4 litre AP.


22 CV type M-8

22 CV Pullman 8cyl

32 CV carroserie De Gaston Grummer

40 CV Pullman 8 cyl

40 CV Dumont

Minerva carrosserie D'Ieteren circa 1930

40 CV Limousine DeVille by Van Den Plas