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Lot 072

1900 De Dion-Bouton Four-Seat Vis-à-Vis

  • Chassis no. 3976

Sold for $153,938

This lot will be sold with the following documents: Bill of Sale

Having made a strong showing with motorised tricycles, some of which were converted to four-wheelers with a two-wheel forecar, De Dion, Bouton & Compagnie made a dramatic shift in 1900. That July, the first, true four-wheel De Dion appeared, the famed vis-à-vis. Translated from the French as “eye-to-eye”, the vis-à-vis seated passengers facing each other.

This early vis-à-vis is an older restoration and is attractive in deep red with yellow coachlining and undercarriage. The seating is black buttoned leather, which is showing age and wear but is entirely usable. The brightwork is minimal, some of the brass having been painted over. A lovely old veteran, the car will benefit from a general tidying and detailing or, even more, from a full restoration. This car is eligible for the famous London-to-Brighton run.

Efter at have gjort et stærkt indtryk med motoriserede tricycler, hvoraf nogle blev ombygget til firehjulere med tohjulsforaksler, gennemgik De Dion, Bouton & Compagnie en dramatisk forvandling i 1900. I juli samme år udkom den første rigtige firehjulede De Dion, den berømte vis-à-vis. Oversat fra fransk til “øje-til-øje”, var sæderne anbragt, så passagererne sad over for hinanden.

Denne tidlige vis-à-vis er en ældre istandsættelse og fremstår tiltalende i dybrød med gule kantlinjer og understel. Sæderne er af sort læder med knapper, som viser tegn på alder og slid, men er fuldt brugbart. Der er kun få messingdetaljer, og en del af messingen er blevet malet over. Bilen er en nydelig gammel veteran og vil nyde godt af en overordnet gennemgang eller endnu mere af en fuld istandsættelse. Denne bil er kvalificeret til det berømte London-Brighton-løb.

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