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The great escapist: Flickr photo of the day

Justin Hyde
March 25, 2014

Hotchkiss isn't a well-known brand of car on this side of the Atlantic; the company's more famous for the machine guns it built during World War II. By the late 1930s, the French firm was a luxury car builder ramping up armaments for French forces in the shadow of Nazi Germany — making this 1939 example of the 680 sedan, which used the same 3.5-liter six-cylinder Hotchkiss put in tanks, a rare sight as caught by Tomas Piller. The factory was seized by the occupied French government during the war; afterwards, it continued building the 680 for several years, before fading into history. If you have a shot to share, please add it to the Motoramic group on Flickr, or send us a message via Twitter, Facebook and Google+.