De Gaulle’s Horch830BL is a set carrying a huge dose of history, which you will build with us block by block!
Superbly reproduced in 1:35 scale model car consists of 244 elements and complements the collection of COBI vintage cars. Blocks and figurines depicting General Charles De Gaulle and the driver are covered with high quality prints.
Horch is a German automobile company founded at the beginning of the 20th century in Zwickau (Saxony). From the very beginning, Horch cars were characterized by high quality, modern technical solutions and excellent finish. In 1933, the luxury sedan “Horch 830” debuted on the market and immediately became a hit. This prompted the manufacturer to release further variants of the car. In 1935, the Horch 830 B appeared with a more powerful engine and the Horch 830 BL in a version with an extended body.
Horch, like other companies in the 1930s, supplied vehicles for the army. Civilian production was largely for the needs of high-ranking officials. This 1936 Horch 830 BL car belonged to the commander of the defense of Paris, General Dietrich von Choltitz. After the surrender of Paris in August 1944, the car fell into the hands of the Allies.
The next and the most famous user of this car was General Charles de Gaulle, leader of the Free French, future head of the French government and president. The Horch 830 BL became the general’s favorite car, used on many occasions. Perhaps in some small way also the sentiment for this car led de Gaulle to end the age-old rivalry between France and Germany. In 1963, he and the German chancellor signed the “Elysée Treaty” committing the two countries to comprehensive cooperation in many fields. The signatures of President de Goulle and Chancellor Adenauer initiated a process of reconciliation between the nations. A driving force for the idea of a unified Europe was created!
244 high-quality components
Made in the EU by a company with over 20 years of tradition,
meet safety standards for children’s products,
Fully compatible with other brands of building blocks,
bricks with prints do not deform and do not fade during play or under the influence of temperature,
2 figurines including Charles De Gaulle and the driver
Model dimensions (L x H): 16 cm (6.3″) x 6 cm (2.4″)