1903 De Dion Bouton Vehicle Profile

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

1903 De Dion Bouton photograph

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The 1903 Paris-Madrid field of two hundred-twenty set off from Paris at 3 AM with 200,000 spectators lining the streets. As the day progressed, there were many accidents along the route. By the time one hundred-fourteen cars arrived at Bordeaux, rumors were flying about fatalities among spectators, driving and riding mechanics. The official toll was eight, including Marcel Renault of the automobile company. The race was stopped at Bordeaux and entrants were not even allowed to start their engines, as the cars were loaded onto trains to be shipped back to Paris. Open road racing was banned in France although it was later reinstated. The first wave of safety measures in motor racing was instituted.

This DeDion Bouton took part in the 1903 Paris-Madrid race. It was one of four cars that the factory built specifically for this event. Two were single-cylinders and two were twins.

Driven by the team of Pellisson/Bardin, the car was classified in twenty-third position overall and fifth in the light car class when the race was stopped in Bordeaux.

The 1906 French Grand Prix was the first of the national Grand Prix that now make up the Formula One series. Considering the Renault domination of today's Formula One racing, it's interesting to note that the 1906 French Grand Prix was won by a Renault using Michelin tires.

After the 1903 Paris-Madrid race, motor racing had instituted its first reforms, and would go on to prosper in the 20th Century as the second most popular sport in the world.

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2015 1
2012 1
2011 1
2010 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2015$53,951$53,9511
2012$113,756$113,7561
2011$96,709$96,7091
2010$69,093$118,1292

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1903 sales)
1903 De Dion-Bouton Type N Voiturette
Sold for $53,951
  2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1903 De Dion Bouton Model Q 6hp Two-Seat Victoria
Sold for $113,756
  2012 Bonhams - Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia
 
1903 De Dion Bouton 6hp Type Q Four Seater
Chassis#: 5457
Sold for $96,709
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1903 De Dion Bouton 8hp Model R Rear-entrance Tonneau
Chassis#: 93
Sold for $118,129
  2010 Bonhams - Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia
 
1903 De Dion/Torbensen 2 Seater Runabout
Sold for $20,057
  2010 Shannons Auctions - 2010 Shannons Melbourne Classic Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1903 De Dion Bouton's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1903 De Dion-Bouton 8hp Single-cylinder Rolling Chassis and Engine 2016 Bonhams : London to Brighton Run Sale $42,000$46,000
1903 De Dion-Bouton Chassis and Engine 2016 RM Sotheby's : Monaco   
1903 De Dion-Bouton Y-Type Populaire Rear-entrance Tonneau 2005 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars $35,000$40,000

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