Single ownership for 33 years
Lot 438
Single ownership for 33 years, four recorded keepers since new,1903 De Dion Bouton 6hp Type Q Four Seater Chassis no. 5457 Engine no. 14080
Sold for £60,900 (US$ 102,361) inc. premium
Lot Details
Single ownership for 33 years, four recorded keepers since new
1903 De Dion Bouton 6hp Type Q Four Seater
Registration no. BF 5775
Chassis no. 5457
Engine no. 14080


  • Count Albert De Dion commissioned Messrs Bouton and Trépardoux, brothers-in-law and jobbing engineers, to build light steam carriages for him as early as 1882. In 1895 attention was switched to the fashionable new internal combustion engine and De Dion Bouton et Cie were marketing a diminutive petrol engined tricycle. These early tricycles were powered by Bouton's new, high speed, single cylinder, vertical engine which revved at almost twice the speed of the contemporary Daimlers. By 1899 the company was marketing a 3 1/2hp Voiturette, an all new generation of four wheel motor car with rear mounted engine driving through a system of gears to the rear wheels. With the new car came the renowned De Dion rear axle – then years ahead of its time. A larger 4 1/2hp engine was offered in the vis-à-vis models from 1900 and with this power unit the car had a comfortable running speed of 25mph although braking ability was a limiting factor.

    For the 1902 season a new genre of front-engined cars was introduced in 6hp and 8hp engine sizes, once again single-cylinder cars with atmospheric inlet valve and mechanical exhaust valve. De Dion's gearbox was simplicity itself and virtually foolproof for the first time car driver. The fast revving engines were supremely reliable for the time and De Dion Bouton service and back-up was second-to-none. The number of surviving cars is testimony to their popularity and build quality.

    This car has been in the present ownership for thirty three years and is well known in veteran car circles and officially dated by The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain – Certificate No.1297. It almost certainly started life as a two-seater and enjoys the benefit now of two further easily removable coachbuilt seats which have been added in period style, enabling four people to take to the Brighton Road. During the present ownership the car has completed the London to Brighton Run about twelve times and has regularly appeared at local shows and events in the West Country. Although not used for the last twelve or so years this car has been dry stored, started regularly and well maintained. The coachwork is presented in burgundy livery with deep-buttoned black leather upholstery, all complemented by the varnished wooden wings and nickel fittings. The De Dion Bouton marque is well catered for by The Veteran Car Club of Great Britain and now also by the active De Dion Bouton Club U.K.

    This attractive veteran is offered with a Swansea V5C document and old style buff log book recording just four previous keepers. It enjoys the benefit of an after-market fitted Delco Remy starter. It comes with a four-wheel braked trailer, soft cover and rain cover.
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