1904 De Dion Bouton 8 hp four seat wagonetteSOLD

Charming four seat London to Brighton Run wagonette

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De Dion were definitely one of the success stories in early car manufacturing as a look at the number of De Dions in the Veteran Car Club list will immmediately demonstrate. This 8 hp example is typical of the many De Dions you will see successfully completing the London to Brighton Run however it is unusual in that it is one of the rare long wheelbase models. These were offered to allow room for more spacious coachwork than the standard chassis allowed. At some stage it has been fitted with a charming wagonette body work and while we cannot be absolutely when this was done evidence suggests that it could have been converted in 1919. The body is very practical as it has cushioned bench seating for a driver and three passengers with access to the rear via a tilting front passenger seat and it also has a rear tailgate so you can use it as a light commercial vehicle. To keep the weather out it has a very substantial Surrey top which can easily be removed if you prefer open air motoring.
Although there are some gaps in the history Kent County Council have provided a list of owners from 1904 to 1919, a buff log book lists changes of owners from 1951 to 1974 and the the V5C takes over in 1993.
The single cylinder engine, which has very good compression, starts easily and settles to an even tickover and once it is nicely warmed up it pulls very well. If you haven't driven this type of De Dion you will be suprised to find that the 3 speed and reverse gearbox is very easy to use. You don't have to double declutch and as far as I can see you simply cannot miss or crunch the gears!
I would describe the car as being in nicely patinated condition in that it is very sound and smart but it is not so concours that you will be afraid to take it out in the rain! It is attractive and unusual to look at and can be used on Historic Commercial Vehicle Rallies as well as VCC events. It comes with a copy of R. J. Mecredy's invaluable hand-book entitled De Deion Bouton Motor Carriages - Their Mechanism and How to Use Them. It also has a current MoT, a VCC Dating Certificate plus a 2008 Brighton Run medal and plaque. In conclusion a De Dion makes an ideal Veteran car as there are many still in operation, the owners have a large fund of knowledge amongst themselves and mechanical spares are more readily available than they are with many other old cars.

Reference Number 41293

as of 3/29/2009

Car 1904 De Dion Bouton 8 hp four seat wagonette
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
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