1900 De Dion-Bouton Tricycle  Chassis no. 3561 Engine no. 15641

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Lot 415
1900 De Dion-Bouton Tricycle
Registration no. BS 8362 Chassis no. 3561 Engine no. 15641

Sold for £ 18,975 (US$ 24,596) inc. premium
1900 De Dion-Bouton Tricycle
Registration no. BS 8362
Chassis no. 3561
Engine no. 15641
The earliest vehicles to carry the name De Dion appeared in 1883 and were steam-powered, Count De Dion and Georges Bouton being in partnership with steam engineer Trépardoux at that time. De Dion and Bouton turned their attention to the internal combustion engine to the annoyance of Trépardoux who quit in 1893, leaving his erstwhile partners to develop what was, in effect, the first high-speed internal combustion engine. Early 137cc engines ran at speeds of up to 1,500rpm, and the first internal combustion-engined tricycles were built in 1895. The 250cc engine of 1896 developed approximately 1.75hp and made the contemporary Benz engines seem positively antiquated. De Dion Bouton, as well as producing their own machines, found a ready market with other manufacturers who eagerly bought their engines, influenced no doubt by the success of the flying tricycles in such events as the Paris-Bordeaux and other endurance races.
This early air-cooled tricycle spent many years in the Raben-Levetzau Collection at the Aarholm Automobil Museum at Nysted, Denmark, having been acquired by the Collection in southern France in the late 1960s. In highly original condition at the time of purchase, it remained untouched and was eventually sold at the Museum’s auction in 1994 to a British buyer (Lot 139). The rear cross member bears the number ‘3561’ while the engine is of the later 326cc (2.75hp) type. Recently restored to original specification, it is described by the private vendor as in ‘very good‘ condition throughout. These tricycles are suitable for entry in the London-Brighton and Pioneer Runs, and this example comes with Pioneer Certificate (number ‘1622’), Science Museum dating certificate, Society of Automotive Historians letter of authentication, current MoT/road fund licence and Swansea V5.
1900 De Dion-Bouton Tricycle  Chassis no. 3561 Engine no. 15641
1900 De Dion-Bouton Tricycle  Chassis no. 3561 Engine no. 15641
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