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1911 De Dion Bouton
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1911 DeDion Bouton Runabout
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Vehicle Description
1911 De Dion Bouton Runabout – Vehicle No. 6630-C. The vehicle shown in the accompanying photos is a 1911 De Dion Bouton Runabout. The original “Instruction Booklet” for the car, a document in excellent condition, identifies it as a De Dion Bouton Motor Chassis, 14 H.P., Model CG. At the time, De Dion Bouton produced vehicles ranging from a 9 horsepower, single-cylinder chassis, to 10, 14, and 25 horsepower, four-cylinder versions. Documents provided by the seller show the vehicle was sold as a chassis with tires, at a price of $2,250 in 1910; not an inexpensive item at the time. Of course, many automobiles built in this era were sold as chassis, with coachwork added by coachbuilders independent of the chassis manufacturer according to the taste of the purchaser. One can find many images of 1910-1911 timeframe De Dion Bouton automobiles; all showing different coachwork. This vehicle's “Instruction Booklet” shows all specifications and operating recommendations for the chassis, engine, and drive train, but makes no reference and shows no depictions of any coachwork.
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The current owner purchased the automobile in 1998. Records show the previous owner purchased the vehicle in 1982. The current owner has not explored the provenance beyond that point. Badging on the automobile cites the Puteaux manufacturing plant, so it's not clear whether it originated at the U.S. manufacturing plant, or was imported.
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The good news… essentially all the original parts and hardware survived, down to grease applicators, hub caps, oilers, and even the dashboard clock and horn. In addition, the hand-crank 14-horsepower engine started and ran beautifully, and the car drove well. The transmission operated smoothly, and the steering, although anything but a tight-ratio, was stable. The current owner decided to commence a full-scale restoration and customization in 2000. The car was handed over to Great Lakes Motor Works in Boyne City, MI and work commenced. The owner designed a plan for the coachwork that would result in a two-seat (plus mechanic's seat) runabout style, with “fastback” flair to provide a bit of a racing look to the body. As much of the original body work was mahogany, the custom shop at Van Dam boat works in Boyne City, MI was involved in designing and updating the final product.
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Restoration was undertaken at the nuts-and-bolts level. The only components not disassembled were the engine and transmission. Given its excellent operation, there was no need to risk damage during disassembly that might result in being unable to obtain hundred year-old replacement parts. Every other item was disassembled, restored, and painted in the Great Lakes Motor Works custom shop. The radiator was rebuilt, the carburetor was sent to The Old Carb Doctor in North Carolina, and many of the items painted during the prior restoration were discovered to actually be brass, which was polished and coated. In truth, no expense was spared.
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The car was shown at the 2002 Meadowbrook Concourse de Elegance, and at several other events. It has sat in a heated collector garage since that time, and is started each year, but driven very little. As one might expect, starting a hand-crank engine requires following a sequence of steps; opening valves, priming cylinders, adjusting the choke, etc. Recent residence move has brought the car to the market.
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More information can be offered on request. Offered For: $75,000.00.


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