Aalholm Automobile Collection

Aalholm Collection
12 August 2012
Lot 067

1896 Léon Bollée Voiturette

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kr.784,000 DKK | Sold

Denmark | Nysted, Denmark

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Chassis No.
B539
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Addendum: Please note that we believe that this car is circa 1898 rather than 1896.

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

Amédée Bollée built a number of steam carriages, beginning in 1873. His sons, Amédée fils and Léon, took part in the 1895 Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race, and Léon patented a tandem-seat, three-wheel vehicle with a horizontal single-cylinder engine that same year. Light in weight, his voiturettes performed well, achieving speeds of up to 60 km/h. The machines became quite popular, and the British rights were acquired by the pioneer entrepreneur Harry Lawson.

This Léon Bollée voiturette has obviously been restored at some stage. It seats two in front, with the driver to the rear. Steering is done by the single rear wheel. These vehicles are popular in the London-to-Brighton run, for which this one will qualify.

Amédée Bollée byggede et antal dampdrevne vogne, den første heraf i 1873. Hans sønner, Amédée and Léon, tog del i Paris-Bordeaux-Paris-løbet i 1895, og samme år tog Léon patent på et trehjulet køretøj med en vandret enkelt-cylindret motor med cykelsadel. Hans køretøjer var lette, fungerede derfor godt og nåede helt op på hastigheder omkring 60 km/t. Maskinerne blev ret populære, og de britiske rettigheder blev overtaget af pionér-iværksætteren Harry Lawson.

Denne Léon Bollée voiturette er åbenlyst blevet restaureret på et tidspunkt. Den har to forsæder, med førersædet i bagenden. Den styres med det enlige baghjul. Disse køretøjer er populære i London- Brighton-løbet, som denne er kvalificeret til.