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Homepage. This page: A photo taken on the 1955 London to Brighton veteran car run.

De Dion Bouton 3-1/2hp Type-E Vis-a-Vis Voiturette.

Bronwen kindly sent this old photograph over, showing her father driving a friend in a De Dion Bouton Voiturette, registration CD 97. A look online shows that this car is still taking part in the London to Brighton run, some 50+ years after this photograph was taken. Bronwen's father used to maintain this car on behalf of a customer. The car in the background is also a De Dion Bouton, registration AA 863, which is a 1904 6hp Rear Entrance Tonneau, again a member of the V.C.C. (Veteran Car Club).
Two De Dion Boutons on the London to Brighton
The De Dion Bouton company started out supplying their engines to other companies for their own purposes, and used them in powered tricycles. The 3 1/2hp car, the Type D, first saw light of day in 1899. In 1900, the Type E was introduced, which still had the single cylinder 3.5hp engine, capacity 402cc, and introduced brakes on the rear axle. By this time the company had 950 employees, and was still rising. The engine on these cars is located under the driver's seat, driving the rear 'De Dion' axle.
A rare photo of a De Dion Bouton engine-powered tricycle can be found on this page of the vintage cycling section.
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