1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette, Chassis no. 372 Engine no. 4185
Lot 302
1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette,
Registration no. OG 5996 Chassis no. 372 Engine no. 4185
Sold for £ 60,900 (US$ 76,659) inc. premium

Lot Details
1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette, Chassis no. 372 Engine no. 4185 1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette, Chassis no. 372 Engine no. 4185 1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette, Chassis no. 372 Engine no. 4185 1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette, Chassis no. 372 Engine no. 4185 1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette, Chassis no. 372 Engine no. 4185 1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette, Chassis no. 372 Engine no. 4185 1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette, Chassis no. 372 Engine no. 4185
1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette

Registration no. OG 5996
Chassis no. 372
Engine no. 4185

Footnotes

  • Count Albert De Dion commissioned Messrs Bouton and Trepardoux, 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 3½ hp 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 4½hp 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.

    OG 5996 must surely be one of the most original surviving 4½ hp cars. It is believed to have been laid up in 1914 and stored until 1929 when discovered for restoration by W F F Martin Hurst (later managing director of Rover cars). Hurst entered the car in the first R.A.C organised London to Brighton Run in 1930 and a framed Finishers Certificate, together with a photograph of the car en route are offered with the car. The car was photographed crossing London Bridge on the same event and this photograph was used for the frontispiece of Tiltman’s book, ‘The Romance of Motoring' (copy with the car).

    Sir Herbert Parsons acquired OG in 1931 and used the car in several events including the London to Brighton Run up to 1939. The car took part in the 'Old Crocks Race' at the last ever race day at Brooklands in 1939 (photo with car). The car has subsequently passed through the hands of owners who have formed the backbone of the VCC, including Pilmore-Bedford, Louis Holland and Leslie Goldsmith and was exhibited for many years at Bicton Hall in Devon.

    In recent years the car was maintained by the late Stan Greenway, well known fettler of early motor cars and De Dion engine expert. In the current ownership OG has completed the last six Brighton Runs without problem, two such runs being completed ‘four up’.

    This historic veteran car is superbly presented in green livery with black-buttoned leather upholstery and delightful brass accessories. It has the advantage of the front seat being interchangeable so that the passengers can either sit in vis-à-vis formation or facing forwards.

    This most capable veteran is entered for the 2008 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and is fofered with Swansea V5C and current MoT.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number for this vehicle is 4185, not as stated in the catalogue.
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