Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885

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Lot 207N
Property from a Private European Collection
c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle 

Sold for £ 51,750 (US$ 65,149) inc. premium
Property from a Private European Collection
c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle 
Registration no. Not U.K. Registered
Chassis no. 9885
* Rare unrestored 'quad'
* Fitted with desirable Bozier gearbox
* Eligibility for car and motorcycle events
* Potential preservation class Veteran

Footnotes

  • As early as 1882 Comte Albert De Dion with Trépardoux and Bouton built their first steam carriage at a time of rapid development of powered road transport and in a decade when it was by no means clear whether steam, electricity or the internal combustion engine would gain the upper hand. To the absolute dismay of Trépardoux, De Dion and Bouton favoured the internal combustion engine, developing the World's first successful high revving engines which were initially fitted to tricycles and quadricycles and achieved considerable successes in the new-fangled 19th Century motor sport. Cycle racing was a hugely popular sport in the last two decades of the 19th Century and racing motorised tricycles was a logical progression. The great sporting motorist Charles Jarrott wrote, 'I obtained the greatest pleasure from cycle racing .... then I came within the sphere of motors, and the whole scene changed. The atmosphere of speed enveloped me, and the fascination of motor racing laid hold of me, and on the first possible opportunity I took part in a motor race.' Jarrott raced De Dion tricycles alongside the likes of S. F. Edge and H. O. Duncan, taking part in classic events such as the Paris-Bordeaux – just one of the great City-to-City races. Prospective buyers of this machine should take Jarrott's classic work, Ten Years of Motors and Motor Racing 1896–1906, as their essential reading.

    This remarkable gem of a machine was purchased by noted enthusiast dealer Bruno Vendiesse for the present owner in 1986 at a Parisian auction. It had been offered for sale that day by its owner since the mid-1960s a Monsieur Delobelle who lived in the prestigious Sixteenth district of Paris. Amazingly, the previous and current custodians have resisted restoring it, providing a rare opportunity to find an untouched example of this genre. 

    Close inspection suggests that it is an absolutely stock example of its model, and being De Dion Bouton powered it has always been assumed to have been a completely De Dion product. A particularly appealing aspect is that it has a gearbox, making it much more useable than many of its kind and that this is one of the desirable Bozier units. 

    The correlation of its form and sequence of numbers for De Dion engines suggests that it would date from approximately 1900 by which time engine sizes had increased and water cooling became necessary. Over its life a few minor pieces appear to have migrated, such as the drive chain, a pedal, the seat squab for the front passenger and a battery tank, but these are relatively easily replaced and do not detract from its overall presentation. Of added appeal is period leather tool box which lives beneath the front seat. 

    Such vehicles enjoy the advantage of an almost front-of-the-grid start on the prestigious London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and are eligible to participate also in the Sunbeam MCC Pioneer Run to Brighton as well as being supplemented in the last few years by events run by the De Dion Bouton Club U.K.

    Whether the new owner chooses to sympathetically recommission and use it or to simply display the quadricycle 'dans son jus' it would no doubt always draw considerable attention. 
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Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
Property from a Private European Collection,c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle   Chassis no. 9885
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