A classic 118-year-old De Dion Bouton Type G is about to go under the hammer at the forthcoming H & H Imperial War Museum Sale, Duxford, June 19th 2019.
The amazing vintage De Dion has an estimated value of £50,000 – £60,000 and has completed no less than 14 London to Brighton ventures in the last 20 years of its extremely useable lifetime.
Originally dated by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain in 1950 as being of 1900 manufacture (hence the brass plaque), the vintage ‘cabriolet’ was later reviewed by the VCC and re-dated as being of 1901 manufacturer.
Although the ride is more nostalgic than comfortable for up to four willing passengers, the 1 cylindered manually driven machine has been fitted with an uprated 6hp engine (in place of the original 4.5hp unit), which is efficiently propelled by its rear-wheel-drive transmission.
The upgraded engine rebuild was carried out in March 2019 and cost a staggering £7,500, retaining its integrity and originality.
Inspired by a toy locomotive in a shop window, Jules-Albert de Dion, Georges Bouton, and Bouton’s brother-in-law Charles Trépardoux decided steam was the way to go and duly founded the French French automobile and railcar manufacturer which operated from 1883 to 1953.
The car even wears its original number plate which was issued in Ipswich in 1904 and is said to as being in “lovely, original condition”. This is also an early car which gets an early entry number on the Brighton run.
Anyone wishing to purchase this slice of automotive history can do so by visiting this link or attending the upcoming auction at:
Imperial War Museum
Tuesday 18th June 2019 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th June 2019 from 9am
MOTOR CAR SALE
Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 1pm
15% (incl. VAT @ 20%)