1909 De Dion-Bouton B.O. 175 Open Tourer

General information:

De Dion-Bouton was the largest car building company during the early years of the twenty century. The model B.0. 175 was a single-cylinder car with a 3 forward gears and 9 hp.

This type of De Dion-Bouton was offered with different coach works. 2 and 4 seater bodies were available by several coach builders.

Our car was built by Léon Molon in Le Havre in 1909. He founded his company "Grand Garage de la Bourse" in 1896 and started with selling Léon Bollee tricycles. In the early years of the twenty century he sold Renault, De Dion-Bouton and Vinon & Deguingand cars. Léon Molon was a well-kown car racer and air plane pilot. He bought a Berliot XI air plane in 1909 and used it in several air races. He died in 1952 in Le Havre.

  

History and data of our car:

Year of construction: 1909

Factory: Chassis Puteaux, France            

Coachwork: Bodywork Leon Molon, Le Havre (F)

Type: 4 seater open tourer

Cylinder: 1, water-cooled

Power: 9 PS, 45 km/h

Ignition: Magneto

Capacity: 1021 ccm

Gearbox: Manual 3V + 1R

 

The De Dion Bouton was exported to England very early. The first registration book - started at the 12. January 1921 - is still existing. The original colour was blue. This car was first restored in England in the fifties. The restorer changed the colour in red. In the time from 2008/2009 it was restored a second time by a professional restorer in the Slovakia. Today the car is white and in excellent condition. It was used for several veteran car events in Europe. We bought the old lady in 2014 for the collection. Only a handful of De Dion-Bouton B.O. 175 survived.

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