De Dion Bouton ID
ID series began in 1916 and ended around 1923.
It is a good sized 10 hp 4-cylinder engine with a blind side valve.
The equipment is complete with electric lights, dynamo and starter. The wheels are removable wheels Michelin 760X90. The rate of Dion was higher than cars great series.
The bodies were classic and elegant, the brand reputation attracted middle-class families, notaries, doctors, etc ...
Our De Dion Bouton torpedo is one of the famous 10 hp 20s'. In 1983, the enthusiast Garenne-Colombes purchased the car.
This De Dion Bouton was a project but it was full and authentic. Elegant and well proportioned, this classic roadster factory deserved a beautiful restoration. Our amateur, neighbor and friend, Dr. X, is the kind that boosted wants everything to be finished before it started.
But with De Dion Bouton he had to take his time to make a high quality restoration.
He had his first experience with restoration very rare cyclecar Alcyon-Sima Violet in 1981.
Regarding the de Dion Bouton, a total dismantling was made and a restoration from the frame depth was started. Everything has been redone, revised or reconstructed according to its origin. Electricity in cotton thread, nickel plated parts, bearings, pins, springs, all mechanical, engine, gearbox, including a bridge bevel nine, brakes ... nothing was left to chance or forgotten. Even the original wheels were retained despite the price of tires heels at the time.
The upholstery is a high quality leather carpets and hood have been redone by Antoine, who worked for the saddle Body Lecoq. Extremely consistent, one sprain was made some time after the end of the restoration, replacement of the front axle without brake axle braked to improve safety and braking, this improvement could be made at the time.
Brand new, the car was used regularly for driving and for rally. Very reliable, there is no problem running, and even I remember that towards 1986/1987 we took a long walk from Paris to Normandy by road to visit the museum of Bec Hellouin in the presence of Madame Colette Chassaing de Borredon.
One story that struck me was when returning from a rally night we broke down in a motorway with a Citroën DS that pulled the trailer with Dion. We unloaded the De Dion, pulled the team to leave the motorway and after up everything on the side of the road, we came back with Dion for the last 30 miles! It transportamême the great historian of the Automobile Jacques Rousseau, a friend of Lucien Loreille the time one or two laps during a demonstration at Pont Authou (27)..
It is amazing to see that almost thirty years after its restoration, the De Dion ID is still beautiful.
The next owner will also enjoy this wonderful and elegant car.