Lot 674: 1904 De Dion Bouton Type Y 6hp Two-seater
Count Albert De Dion commissioned Messrs Bouton and Tr�pardoux, 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 3 1/2hp Voiturette, an all new generation of four wheel motor car with rear mounted engine driving through a system of gears to the rear wheels. A more powerful 4 1/2hp engine was offered in the vis-�-vis models from 1900 and with this power unit the car had a comfortable running speed of 25mph.
For the 1902 season a new genre of front-engined cars was introduced in 6hp and 8hp engine sizes, once again single-cylinder cars with atmospheric inlet valve and mechanical exhaust valve. De Dion�s sliding cone gearbox was virtually foolproof for the first time car driver, the fast revving engines were supremely reliable for the time and De Dion Bouton service and back-up was second-to-none. The number of surviving cars is testimony to their popularity and build quality.
This car came into the present family ownership about twenty years ago and since then has completed many successful London to Brighton Veteran Car Runs as well as other Veteran Car Club events. It has been well maintained by its engineer owner and will be driven to its MOT before the sale and offered with a current MOT certificate.
The car is very smartly presented in maroon livery with cream coachlining and wheels and is furnished with buttoned black upholstery. It is equipped with a three-speed gearbox with reverse. It comes with Lucas brass �King of the Road� oil side lamps, brass bulb horn, VCC dating plate and rear view mirror and sports several motor club badges.
This exceptionally attractive two-seater, now admirably catered for by both the VCC and the U.K. De Dion Bouton Club, is offered with a Swansea registration document, current MOT, and VCC Dating Certificate no.766
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£47700|
|Registration number||BS 8074|
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