1899 Phebus 2 1/4hp Forecar  Chassis no. 46 Engine no. 10062

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Lot 143
1899 Phebus 2 1/4hp Forecar
Registration no. Not registered in the U.K. Chassis no. 46 Engine no. 10062

Sold for £ 48,800 (US$ 65,686) inc. premium
1899 Phebus 2 1/4hp Forecar
Registration no. Not registered in the U.K.
Chassis no. 46
Engine no. 10062

Footnotes

  • Taking its name from Phoebus, the Greek God who drove the sun across the heavens each day, Phebus motor vehicles were built between 1899 and 1903 by Noe Boyer & Cie in the Parisian suberb of Suresnes. Initially Phebus offered Aster-engined tricycles, one of which was ridden by Charles Jarrott at a breakneck speed of 39mph on the Crystal Palace Velodrome. The great French rider Beconnais also won the prestigious Coupe des Motocycles de l’ACF in 1899 on a Phebus bicylette, covering 100km in 1hr 46mins. The four-wheeler Automobilette Phebus appeared in 1898 and in England these were marketed by F W Wellington of St George’s Square, London. In the Automotor Journal in January 1900 they reported that the new De Dion-engined Phebus ‘takes Primrose and Haverstock Hills with the greatest of ease’.

    This vehicle was acquired for the Ward Brothers’ Collection in 2006. It is, in our opinion, the most attractive configuration of all Phebus cars, with the fold-open front seat enabling a passenger to be carried forward of the steering column. The coachwork is finished in
    green livery with black wings and trimmed with green cord upholstery with pasting lace edging. The car is equipped with oil side lamps by Cheutin of Paris and a multi-twist bulb horn. The most comfortable ride is provided by full-elliptic front suspension and rear C-springs. A contemporary proprietary water-cooled, finned cylinder head is fitted – a common option – and a most practical modification is the fitting of an electric starter, making this a most easily manageable vehicle. Notice particularly the Phebus motifs on the coachwork side panels. Since acquisition new valves and valve springs have been fitted and the car has successfully completed the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – two up. This quintessentially French 19th Century veteran offers comfort, great style and a remarkably nimble turn of speed with an early starting position in Hyde Park.

Saleroom notices

  • This vehicle is now UK registered with number BS 8509 and will be offered with a V5C registration document. The vehicle is also offered with current MOT certificate and road fund licence.
1899 Phebus 2 1/4hp Forecar  Chassis no. 46 Engine no. 10062
1899 Phebus 2 1/4hp Forecar  Chassis no. 46 Engine no. 10062
1899 Phebus 2 1/4hp Forecar  Chassis no. 46 Engine no. 10062
1899 Phebus 2 1/4hp Forecar  Chassis no. 46 Engine no. 10062
1899 Phebus 2 1/4hp Forecar  Chassis no. 46 Engine no. 10062
1899 Phebus 2 1/4hp Forecar  Chassis no. 46 Engine no. 10062
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