When did Th. Schneider automobiles cease production?
In my research I have not been able to come to a clear conclusion. It is understood that post WW1, although the company emerged from the conflict on sound financial grounds it was never really able to make the shift to mass production necessary to survive through the vintage era.
In 1924 Robert Poirier acquired a majority stake in the company and invested in company supported racing, including the Le Mans and Spa 24 hour races. This resulted in some good publicity but the outcomes were insufficient to translate into the sorts of sales necessary to allow further development in new models.
According to Marc Douezy in his book “Les Automobiles de Besancon” the last new model to be developed was the 1.1 litre 7cv. Introduced in 1926 it was available in three types of engine. A side valve, an overhead valve by pushrod and a Grand Sport with “special” valve gear.
As far as I have been able to ascertain the company’s last showing at the Paris salon was in 1925. Perhaps surprisingly it would seem that it continued to have a stand at the Brussels Salon until and including 1928. La Vie De L’Auto (no.713, August 1995) reports that the company showed a six and a four cylinder at the 1928 Brussels Salon. It is understood that this last six cylinder had a flat fronted radiator although I am not aware of any having survived.
Marc Douezy believes that the company ceased manufacturing in 1929. This seems to be the best estimate in the absence of other evidence. I have not seen evidence of company advertising later than 1927.
It is also believed that the remaining stock of engines and chassis were purchased by the London agent and they continued to market, in particular the “Le Mans” 2 litre model up until around 1938. It is a testament to this model that it was able to remain competitive for so long after its introduction. All surviving “Le Mans” models sold in the UK (with the exception of chassis #148 which has a tourer body by Comptons Ltd) have Corsica Coachworks tourer bodies. It is known that some were bodied with saloon bodies too but none are thought to have survived.
The overall regard for the “Le Mans” 2 litre model is evidenced in the “Motorsport” road test of May 1929 and a shorter report in the same magazine in January 1930.