Description

  • This is an American-built De Dion-Bouton.
  • The company began producing steam cars in 1883 in France.
  • De Dion-Bouton became a major supplier of gas engines to automakers and produced more than 20,000 by 1900.
  • By the early 1900s, DeDion car production reached 200 per month.
  • Company offices and factories were located in France, England, Germany and U.S.

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In 1883, Count Albert De Dion formed a partnership with Georges Bouton to produce steam cars in Paris, France.  They continuously improved their steam cars and in 1892 began experimenting with gasoline-powered engines.  The experiments were successful and the De Dion-Bouton single cylinder gasoline engine grew in popularity.  Other automobile makers began car production using the reliable De Dion-Bouton engines; Renault, Delage, Pierce-Arrow and Peerless, to name a few.   By 1900, more than 20,000 of these engines were in service.

By the turn of the twentieth century, De Dion had been in business for almost two decades.  Production figures had already passed 200 cars per month.  The De Dion-Bouton Motorette Company had offices and factories, not only in France, but in England, Germany, and America, as well.  This single cylinder, rear engine, simple, easy-to-drive 1901 De Dion-Bouton is an example of the American-built product. De Dion-Bouton production ceased in 1932.

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