c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11

This lot has been removed from the website, please contact customer services for more information

Lot 306
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater
Registration no. Not U.K. registered Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 37,965) inc. premium
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater
Registration no. Not U.K. registered
Chassis no. 530/639
Engine no. 530/639/11

Footnotes

  • Decauville were noted steam locomotive manufacturers before entering the infant motor industry in 1898, their early motor cars first being marketed as Guédons. Société Decauville of Boulevard Malesherbes, Paris, had exhibited a 2 3/4hp vis-à-vis Voiturelle at the 1898 Paris Agricultural Show, this model being heralded to much acclaim. In motor sport Decauville enjoyed considerable success, achieving first in class in the Paris to Amsterdam Race of 1898 over 969 miles, an impressive 1-2-3 result in the Tour de France in 1899 over a gruelling 1,450 miles, first place in the Coupe des Voiturelles in the Paris-Rouen-Paris event in 1900 and in that year Decauvilles also participated in the testing ACGB&I organised 1000 Miles Trial. The new twin-cylinder 5hp Decauville appeared towards the end of 1899 moving Decauville into a different league. The quality of Decauville engineering was undoubted, the company having a long and venerable history in precision engineering and they went on to build progressively more powerful cars - no less a figure than Henry Royce owned a 10hp Decauville the design of which influenced in no small way the first Royce motor car of 1904.

    This car, to a design by Decauville Managing Director L.Ravenez and Chief Engineer Cornilleau, dating from c1899, is powered by the forward mounted, water cooled 5hp, two cylinder engine of 765cc (80x76mm), driving through a two speed and reverse Bozier gearbox. Rear suspension is provided by semi-elliptic side leaf springs coupled to a transverse semi-elliptic spring, while front suspension is by transverse leaf springing and sliding pillars, providing effectively independent front suspension, claimed to be the first instance of this on a front-engined car. This feature appeared to be phased out in 1900. The chassis is of tubular construction and the rear axle design of the earlier Voiturelle was adopted. Essentially this forward-engined car was a substantial reconfiguration of the earlier 5hp Voiturelle. In general appearance there were significant changes, the new model featuring a round bonnet and dashboard radiator. It weighed just 450 kilos and price new was a not inexpensive 6,500 francs.

    The coachwork on this car appears to be to contemporary Decauville design and remarkably retains some of its original paint – it appears that it was originally liveried in dark blue with grey coach lining. We feel that the car was originally a four seater and sufficient contemporary photographs of similar models survive to enable the recreation of the original configuration.

    Engine and rear axle each bear the numbers 530 and 639, while the engine is also stamped with the number 11, possibly suggesting the 11th built in this series. Although the full history of this car is not recorded, it is known to have belonged to the Veniard family in Flers, South of Caen, for at least 25 years before importation into the UK in 2007.

    The engine turns freely and the valves operate and the contact breaker is still in place. It is fuelled by a Longuemare carburettor. The gearbox is believed to be operational and new tyres have recently been fitted. Overall this Victorian Decauville appears to represent a straightforward and remarkably complete 'all-of-a-piece' restoration project, although is sold strictly as viewed. There is little doubt that it would be an early starter in the prestigious London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and still less doubt that it has the potential to be an early finisher.

    Prospective buyers are recommended to research contemporary journals La France Automobile, the Grand Album Illustre and La Vie au Grand Air in which the various Decauville models are well recorded.
Contacts
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
c1899 Decauville 5hp Twin-cylinder Two-seater  Chassis no. 530/639 Engine no. 530/639/11
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalog.

Payment Notices

For payment information please refer to the sale catalog.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

App