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|Founder(s)||Ernest Maurice Ballot|
The Ballot brothers, Edouard and Maurice, founded their company in 1905. Before World War I they manufactured automobile and marine engines, and from 1910 on cars. The company was re-founded as Etablissements Ballot SA in 1910.
Edouard Ballot was well known as a designer of reliable engines. He helped Ettore Bugatti in developing his first engines. After World War I, the company entered motor racing. A Ballot with a straight-eight-cylinder 4.9-litre car competed in the 1921 French Grand Prix. As well as racing engines, the company made a range of road engines which were fitted to their own production cars.
The first road car was a 2-litre tourer called Ballot 2 LS. In 1923 Ballot 2 LT and a sport version, Ballot 2 LTS followed. From 1927, eight-cylinder engines were used.
In 1931 the company was taken over by Hispano-Suiza. Swift decline followed: the last model was practically a Hispano-Suiza, and only the chassis was provided by Ballot. Ballot closed down in 1932.
Ralph DePalma, an American national champion and winner of the 1915 Indianapolis 500, finished second in the 1921 French Grand Prix and French driver Jules Goux finished third. Goux went on to win the inaugural Italian Grand Prix at Brescia, Italy in 1921, driving a Ballot.
- 2LS : sports car. 4-cylinder 1944 cc, twin-overhead-camshaft, 4-valves-per-cylinder engine.
- 2LT: touring car. Single-cam variant of the 2LS.
- 2LTS: variant of the 2LT, with higher-tuned engine.
- RH: introduced in 1927 with 8-cylinder, single-overhead-cam, 2874 cc engine.
- RH3: 1929–1932. RH with 305cc engine.
- HS26: model introduced after the Hispano Suiza takeover. Also known as the Hispano Junior. 4580 cc six-cylinder engine
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