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1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis Motorette Vis-A-Vis / 159 Vehicle Information

1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis photograph

1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis photograph

1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis
Sold for $110,400 at 2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale.
Sold for $90,190 (£69,000) at 2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting.
As DeDion-Bouton entered the 1900s, they were one of the largest volume manufacturer of automobiles, having turned from steam power to the internal combustion engine. The 'vis-a-vis' was named due to its center facing seating arrangement for its passengers, and was a light four wheeled automobile powered by a high-revving single cylinder motor of roughly 3.5 horsepower. Top speed was in the neighborhood of 20 to 25 mph. The engine transferred its power through 'universal' type joints with cardan shafts allowing constant drive to the rear wheels.

The enterprising man behind the marketing of a DeDion-Bouton inspired product in America was Kenneth Skinner. He marketed the French voiture as motor and marketed the cars as Motorettes. Thus, there were many cars built in the US and many parts were cast with 'NY' next to their parts number. Unfortunately, this venture would prove less popular than its European counterpart. During a six month to a year production span, it is believed the total production numbered a few hundred.

This De Dion-Bouton 4 ½hp Motorette still has an original 1905 California license brass disc. It is believed to have been in California for most of its life. By the 1970s it was in the property of Irv Perch. In July of 1983 it was sold by Perch to Ed Morgan of Scotts Valley, California who would keep the car for seventeen years. During that time it received a sympathetic restoration and regular use.

This American built DeDion has many US features such as the fold down seat back on its front seat, engraved 'Brooklyn' engine and gearbox oilers, Motorette chassis plate, and on/off switch.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge sale presented by Bonhams Auction. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $110,400 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012



2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting

Pre-Auction Estimates :
£60,000-£75,000 
Sale Price :
USD $90,190 (£69,000.00)

2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale

Sale Price :
USD $110,400

1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1901 sales)
1901 De Dion Bouton Type G
Chassis#: 4978
Sold for USD$78,842
  2019 H & H Classics - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1901 De Dion-Bouton 4½hp Motorette
Chassis#: 159
Sold for USD$90,190
  2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Members Meeting
1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis image  
1901 De Dion Bouton 5hp Motorette
Chassis#: 128
Sold for USD$162,400
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
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1901 De Dion Bouton Type G vis-à-vis
Chassis#: 1389
Sold for USD$114,351
  2017 Artcurial : Retromobile
 
1901 De Dion-Bouton New York Type Motorette
Sold for USD$115,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1901 De Dion Bouton 5hp Motorette
Chassis#: 128
Sold for USD$191,400
  2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
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1901 De Dion-Bouton 4 ½hp Motorette
Chassis#: 159
Sold for USD$110,400
  2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis image  
1901 De Dion Bouton 4 1/2hp Vis-à-vis
Sold for USD$159,114
  2011 Bonhams - RAF Museum, Hendon, Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1901 De Dion Bouton Motorette
Chassis#: 126
Sold for USD$163,750
  2010 FAIRFIELD COUNTY CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE, EXCEPTIONAL COLLECTORS' MOTORCARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
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1901 De Dion Bouton 3 1/2hp Voiturette
Chassis#: 1237
Sold for USD$73,056
  2009 Bonhams - Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia
 
1901 De Dion Bouton 4 1/2hp Model G Vis-à-vis
Chassis#: 612
Sold for USD$92,171
  2009 Bonhams - The Ward Brothers' Reserve Collection
 
1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp vis-à-vis Voiturette
Chassis#: 372
Sold for USD$60,900
  2008 Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia
 
1901 De Dion Bouton 4 1/2hp Three Seater Voiturette
Chassis#: 3543
Sold for USD$72,616
  2003 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp Vis-à-Vis60112013 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $95,000$125,000
1901 De Dion Bouton 4½hp Type G2 Vis-à-Vis9642008 Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia $55,000$65,000

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