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1909 De Dion Bouton BN
Registration No. Not Registered
Chassis No. TBA
Engine No. 23853
Hammer price:£ 2000
Count de Dion and Georges Bouton joined forces in 1883 to produce steam vehicles in a small works at Puteaux outside Paris. They soon decided to move into the internal combustion engine business, and by 1895 were producing motor tricycles that soon became very popular and led to a series of sporting water cooled single cylinder light cars of around 1 litre capacity of which this is a later 1909 example, displacing 950ccs. Larger cars in the range included an 8 cylinder 50 hp model, but it is for the pre 1914 ‘voiturettes’ that Count de Dion is remembered, and for which he received the epitaph ‘Father of the French Motor Industry’.
The car on offer is a typical De Dion voiturette of the pre 1914 era, which was originally exported to Australia, and then brought into the UK in 2009 in dismantled condition, requiring total restoration. Items included are a sound chassis, engine less carburettor and ignition system, pedals, steering wheel, box and column, springs, axles, hubs and brakes, with brake and gear levers etc. Also a partly completed 2-seater body, radiator surround, bonnet etc. Major items still needed are a radiator, clutch and more complete gearbox and a set of wheels.
An unusual chance to acquire an almost complete Edwardian voiturette requiring total but relatively straightforward restoration.