Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start,1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis  Chassis no. 664 Engine no. 4410

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Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start, 1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis
Chassis no. 664 Engine no. 4410

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Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start
1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis
Chassis no. 664
Engine no. 4410
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.

This is an immaculately presented example of the early De Dion Voiturette, dates from the early series of Vis-à-vis production, and its technical specification which conforms largely to 1900, 3½ hp form, a model which De Dion Bouton designated as the Type E. The car was found and restored in Europe in the 1990s and during this rebuild it was decided to enhance the car’s performance by fitting a slightly later, 1901 4½ hp engine to the car. In doing so there were modest modifications made to the base of the steering column to accommodate the ‘decelerator’ pedal which these later engines had, but otherwise the car was unaltered. Its bodywork is exacting and well executed rebuild to original patterns of the modest coachwork that these cars have.

On completion of its restoration the car was used in its then home country of the Netherlands and was a familiar sight on early car tours, it was brought to the USA in the early 2000s and has resided in private collections since. In 2006 an application was made to the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain for a ‘Dating Certificate’ and this was granted on the basis of its early chassis as a 1900 example.

The car is equipped with a proper period correct center mounted lamp by the White Manufacturing Co. of Bridgeport and Lucas Side lamps. Its sedate livery of black with nickel plated fittings is not only fitting for the period but exceptional in its finish and overall presentation. The car is also ‘on the Bouton’ and ready to use, starting promptly and running up even a few challenging hills with ease – a benefit of its 4½ motor.

De Dion Boutons are admirably catered for by the Horseless Carriage Club of America and in Europe, the V.C.C. of Great Britain and the De Dion Bouton Club U.K. as well as similar clubs in Europe welcome them. A result of the solid survival rate of the marque is that those survivors are amply catered for with ready availability of the more commonly needed essential spares. While its light construction and nimble wheelbase, makes a Vis-à-vis extremely manageable on tours and easily towed between events.

Simplicity of maintenance and driving ensure the appeal of this car to both novice and accomplished veteran motorists. Better still as a 1900 example, these cars benefit from an early start from Hyde Park on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run - a 4 1/2hp Vis-à-vis can achieve a comfortable mid-day finish on Madeira Drive.

The car is offered with a large binder including various documentation on the model and marque.
Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start,1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis  Chassis no. 664 Engine no. 4410
Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start,1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis  Chassis no. 664 Engine no. 4410
Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start,1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis  Chassis no. 664 Engine no. 4410
Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start,1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis  Chassis no. 664 Engine no. 4410
Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start,1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis  Chassis no. 664 Engine no. 4410
Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start,1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis  Chassis no. 664 Engine no. 4410
Veteran Car Club of Great Britain dated and potential early London to Brighton start,1900 De Dion Bouton 4½ hp Vis-à-vis  Chassis no. 664 Engine no. 4410
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