1924 De Dion Bouton Drophead Coupé
Lot 207
1924 De Dion Bouton 12/24 Drophead Coupé Chassis no. 15 11114 Engine no. 33001
€20,000 - 26,000
US$ 26,000 - 34,000

Lot Details
1924 De Dion Bouton Drophead Coupé 1924 De Dion Bouton Drophead Coupé 1924 De Dion Bouton Drophead Coupé 1924 De Dion Bouton Drophead Coupé
1924 De Dion Bouton 12/24 Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. 15 11114
Engine no. 33001
First registered in Dublin, this delightful car formerly belonged to a member of the Dublin City municipal authorities and is believed to have been part of an order for several De Dion road cleaning trucks that were operated by Franco Irish enterprises, which held the contract for street cleaning in Dublin at that time. In 1961 it was purchased in Killiney, County Dublin by a Mr Young, who kept the car in original condition for many years. When his estate was being sold, Nicholas Bailey purchased the De Dion, part of the deal being to clear the garage and leave it clean and tidy.
Re-commissioned and made roadworthy again, the De Dion then passed to David Swail of Wicklow, who carried out major works during the 1990s to bring the car to the fine standard it is today. David rallied the car, mostly in Ireland, taking part in several Gordon Bennett events and other equally challenging rallies without any problems, the De Dion proving to be always reliable. Having been stored for a few years, the car has been serviced and road tested. It is described as smooth and with a sweet sounding engine, happily cruising at 40mph (65km/h) while being capable of 50mph (80km/h) if required. The accompanying history file contains assorted correspondence as well as an Irish buff logbook (registration 'YI 6666') and an original instruction manual.

D'abord immatriculée à Dublin, cette adorable voiture appartenait à un membre de la municipalité de Dublin et semble avoir fait partie d'une commande de plusieurs balayeuses utilisées par une entreprise franco-irlandaise qui avait remporté le contrat d'entretien des rues de Dublin à l'époque. Elle fut achetée en 1961 à Killiney dans le comté de Dublin par un certain M. Young qui garda la voiture dans son état d'origine pendant plusieurs années. Quand son domaine fut mis en vente, Nicholas Bailey acheta la De Dion, l'un des objectifs de la vente étant de vider le garage pour le nettoyer. Révisée et remise en route, la De Dion atterrit dans les mains de David Swail de Wicklow, qui entreprit de nombreux travaux dans les années 1990 pour mettre la voiture dans le très bel état où elle se trouve aujourd'hui. David a participé à de nombreuses sorties avec la voiture, principalement en Irlande, prenant part à plusieurs Gordon Bennett et à d'autres événements de ce niveau, sans rencontrer de problèmes, la De Dion se montrant toujours fiable. Remisée pendant quelques années, la voiture a été remise en route et essayée sur route. Décrite comme souple avec un joli bruit, capable de maintenir une vitesse de croisière de 65 km/h avec des pointes à 80 km/h au besoin. Le fichier historique l'accompagnant contient des courriers ainsi qu'un livre de bord en cuir de buffle (immatriculation YI 6666) et un manuel d'entretien original.
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