Based on the December 2010 Automobilia article, we count:
- Car 29503 which was the first one (presented to the “Service des Mines” on June 4, 1929) but we have no photo or registration.
- A “Faux Cabriolet” registered 2088-RD8, bodied by Billeter and Cartier (photo below) but we know neither the serial number nor the registration number.
- The car which is the subject of a test in “La Vie Automobile” (see the documentation section of the Rochet-Schneider page in the “Collection” tab). We have its picture (see below) but we know neither its serial number nor its registration
- The car that we see in the advertisements of the time. It is the same body as the previous car but not the same color.It is registered 2952 PF (picture below) but we don’t know its serial number.
- A sedan belonging, at the time, to Mr Magnan of Bordeaux (photo below) but we know neither the serial number nor the registration number.
- A limousine of which we have the photo (cf photo below) but we know neither the serial number nor the registration number.
- A convertible limousine, still existing today (photo below)
In total this makes a maximum of 7 Rochet-Schneiders identified, counting the 29539.
But: between the car 29539 and the car 29503 we are missing a good thirty cars.
And the 29539 may not be the last one. Where are all these cars? Why don’t we have more period photos of these cars? Why aren’t there more survivors? That’s a real question!
And don’t forget to have a look at the “soft auctions” in progress