In February BAIV received an order from Christophe and Annelies Grosset for the ground up restoration of their Halftrack M9A1 as originally delivered to the US Army in August 1943.
Mr. Grosset, who runs a special butcery in Flumet France, acquired this unique by International build Half-track early 2014. This for sure a 2nd WW survivor is basically original however due its intensive and active service and rough de-commissioning it need a ground up restoration.
Moreover the entire rear Armour is missing and need to be refabricated. Same for the rear bed, storage cabinets and many brackets, seats and clamps. For undefined reasons the engine was roughly opened but never finished. Same for the gearbox what resulted in the fact that water entered the transmission.
The Family Grosset live in Flumet Savoy, a nice resort with the ski area Espace Diamant. Christophe has a butchery and since this summer also a cheese shop which is absolutely great and very tasteful (See: http://charcuterie-grosset.com/).
During the pick up of the vehicle in Southern France Christophe passed the BAIV team a very nice sausage witch was absolutely great!
Annelies is a goldsmith and received her education in Schoonhoven the Netherlands and has a nice atelier (see http://www.atelierdebijoux.com/)
Christophe and Annelies selected BAIV as partner for the restauration of this unique historic object due to BAIV’s professional approach and detailed offer, easy communication and in depth knowledge. Between parties it was agreed that the vehicle must be delivered on August 20th 2015!
First public presentation is already scheduled and will be its participation in the parade in Veigy (Haute Savoie) early September.
The upcoming months you will find regular updates on our website at service / restoration work and also on our Facebook page.