Arista (1912 automobile)

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For post-war French sports car, see Arista (1956 automobile).

Arista is the name of two not related French automobiles, built from 1912-1915, and 1956-1967, respectively. This article describes the elder car.


The Arista was a French automobile which took its name from its founder, one P. Arista-Ruffier; the marque was manufactured by the Établissements Ruffier in Paris from 1912 to 1915. Eight models were introduced in the first year of production. These were a 720 cc single cylinder cycle car, fours of 1460cc, 1726 cc, and 1847 cc which featured friction drive and were sold complete with bodywork and tires, and fours of 1460 cc, 1593 cc, 1847 cc, and 2001 cc with conventional gearboxes; these last were sold as untired chassis.

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  • Georgano, G. N. (editor): Complete Encyclopedia of Motorcars, 1885 to the Present; Dutton Press, New York, 2nd ed. (Hardcover) 1973, ISBN 0-525-08351-0