c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater
Lot 304
c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater
Sold for £ 54,625 (US$ 68,619) inc. premium

Lot Details
c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater
c.1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Two-Seater
*Formerly part of the Quattroroute Collection in Italy
*Mechanically restored in the 1990s
*Believed to be a Model R

Footnotes

  • The names of De Dion and Bouton are inextricably linked with the pioneering years of the motor car, initially in company with Trépardoux in the building of light steam carriages, the first of which appeared in 1883. In the early 1890s De Dion and Bouton turned their attention to the internal combustion engine, much to the annoyance of Trépardoux who quit in 1894, leaving his erstwhile partners to develop what was, in effect, the first high-speed internal combustion engine.

    Engineer Bouton's power units developed significantly greater output than their contemporaries from Daimler and Benz yet matched them for reliability. Small wonder then that De Dion Bouton engines were adopted by many other manufacturers of tricycles, quadricycles, and light cars, both in Europe and the United States, influenced no doubt by the success of the flying tricycles in events such as the Paris-Bordeaux and other endurance races.

    This 8hp single cylinder De Dion Bouton represents the very essence of the De Dion Bouton Populaire, and comes to sale after many decades in the Quattroruote collection. The preeminent motoring publication in Italy, Quattroruote and was founded by enthusiast and car collector Gianni Mazzocchi in 1956. He was later joined by Vincenzo Maranghi and together they developed the publication to the level it remains today. In 1961 Vincenzo Maranghi married journalist Anna Castellini Baldissera, and on file is a photo of the newlyweds driving this very car, showing that it would certainly have been part of the Quattroruote car collection by then, if not considerably earlier as Mazzocchi is known to have bought cars from the 1940s onwards. His collection would ultimately go on public display as the Quattroroute Collection and for this purpose the car was re-restored as a rolling chassis, most probably to demonstrate the modernity of the De Dion Bouton system.

    When that collection was dispersed publicly in 2016 the car was acquired by the present owners. It has been sympathetically refurbished with sporting bucket seat bodywork and refinished to a high standard in the current paint scheme. Noted experts of the marque have analysed the car closely, and based on its wheelbase measurement of 1180mm, 8hp engine and two speed transmission, it conforms to the specification of a Model R, which was catalogued by De Dion Bouton only in 1903. Interestingly, the format of the Model R frame with its length and rear transverse leaf spring, was designed for more commodious tonneau bodywork generally, something that a future owner may wish to pursue.
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