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Lot 012

c. 1899 De Dion-Bouton Tricycle

  • Chassis no. 3561
  • Engine no. 15641

Sold for kr. 364,000

This lot will be sold with the following documents: UK Registration Certificate

By 1900, France had a burgeoning motor industry, the world’s foremost, with eleven manufacturers turning out nearly 5,000 cars and numerous independent assemblers selling tricycles and voiturettes composed of mechanisms that had come from various manufacturers. A common example of the genre consisted of a De Dion-Bouton high-speed engine in one of Alexandre Darracq’s tubular Perfecta frames. Many of these were tricycles, but the configuration was easily converted to quadricycle form by substituting a steerable forecar with a tricycle’s front fork.

Perfecta frames came with handle bars, pedals and hubs but no saddle, engine, transmission or wheels. These would all be procured and installed by the assembler, most of whose names were lost to time. A typical drive train included a Bozier two-speed epicyclic gearbox and cone clutch.

This excellent 1-3/4 hp air-cooled De Dion-Bouton tricycle dates back to circa 1899 and, like all pre-1900 examples, is devoid of a front-hub brake. It has the elegant maker’s badge on the surface carburettor and the desirable and optional aluminium cover for the main drive gear. The pedal chain is the proper block type, not the commonly found modern bicycle chain. Accompanied by a DVLA form V-5, it can easily be registered in the United Kingdom with the number BS8362, which it bore during its previous residency. It was awarded with a Science Museum certification in 1994 and by the Sunbeam Motorcycle Club in November 2002. An authenticated veteran, it comes with a dating certificate from The Society of Automotive Historians Inc. and is ready to campaign the London-to-Brighton run.

I 1900 havde Frankrig en blomstrende motorindustri, verdens førende med elleve producenter, der producerede næsten 5.000 biler, og utallige selvstændige montører, der solgte tricycles og voituretter bestående af mekanismer, som stammede fra forskellige producenter. Et typisk eksempel på genren bestod af en De Dion-Bouton højhastighedsmotor i et af Alexandre Darracqs rørformede Perfecta-stel. Mange af disse var tricycles, men konfigurationen kunne nemt omdannes til en firhjulet form ved at udskifte tricyclens forgaffel med en styrbar forvogn.

Perfecta-stel leveredes med cykelstyr, pedaler og hjulnav, men ingen sadel, motor, gearkasse eller hjul. Disse ville alle blive tilvejebragt og installeret af montøren, navnene på hvilke de fleste er gået tabt med tiden. En typisk transmission omfattede en Bozier epicyklisk gearkasse med to hastigheder og konuskobling.

Denne fremragende luftkølede De Dion Bouton tricycle med 1-3/4 hestekræfter daterer sig tilbage til omkring 1899 og er, som alle eksemplarer før 1900, uden forhjulsbremse. Den har producentens elegante badge på karburatorens overflade og det ønskværdige valgfri aluminiumsdæksel til det primære gear. Pedalkæden er den rigtige bloktype, ikke den moderne cykelkæde, som så ofte ses. Med den medfølgende DVLA V5-form kan den nemt registreres i Storbritannien med nummeret BS8362, som den bar under sit tidligere ophold. Den blev tildelt en certificering fra Science Museum i 1994 og af Sunbeam motorcykelklubben i november 2002. En veteran, hvis ægthed er blevet bevist, idet der følger et datocertifikat med fra The Society of Automotive Historians Inc., som er klar til at deltage i London-Brighton-løbet.

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