1900 De Dion Bouton Vis-à-vis Type E - No reserve For Sale by Auction
For sale in our forthcoming auction in Paris, on 17 June 2019:
Chassis no. 30
Engine no. 5190
- Barnfind in same family ownership for more than 80 years !
- Exceptional original condition
- Eligible for the London-Brighton Run
- No reserve
In 1899 Marquis Albert de Dion and Georges Bouton presented the company's first small car. Built to carry four people, innovative in design and fitted with the firm's own reliable single-cylinder engine, it was very successful and underwent several changes until 1902. The first models, known as the Type D, soon made way for the Type E, which was only produced in 1900. It stood out from the previous version notably on account of the brakes fitted to the rear wheels.
The example we are presenting for sale, one of the first Type E models to be built, is exceptional in a number of ways. It was acquired from a property in the Châtellerault area by the father of the current owners. One of his two daughters confirmed that he bought this car at the age of 20. Born in 1918, it is easy to give the year of acquisition...1938! We discovered it stored in a lean-to, protected only by a tarpaulin, in the backyard of a modest house bordering a busy road near Châtellerault. What an emotion to discover it after having been sleeping in this special place since 1974! When we recovered this extraordinary barn-find, we had the good fortune to hear from a neighbour who could remember seeing the car being driven when he was an apprentice in the garage of our pioneering collector … back in 1959! In strictly original condition, complete - with the exception of its lights - and in exceptionally well-preserved condition, this car is a rare witness to its period. The single-cylinder De Dion Bouton 3½HP engine will turn over, but the cylinder will need to be repaired following frost damage. It is numbered 5190, dating it from 1901. Reliable and easy to drive, it deserves a restoration which will preserve its original condition as much as possible and will be warmly welcomed in the most selective events for veteran cars.