Dion Boutton Double Phaeton. Made in 1907 in France

De Dion-Bouton Double Phaeton. Made in 1907 in France. 8 HP.

Roda Roda museum (LleidaCataloniaSpain)

De Dion-Bouton was a French automobile manufacturer and railcar manufacturer operating from 1883 to 1953. The company was founded by the Marquis Jules-Albert de Dion, Georges Bouton, and Bouton’s brother-in-law Charles Trépardoux.

The company was formed in 1883 after de Dion saw a toy locomotive in a store window in 1881 and asked the toymakers to build another. Engineers Bouton and Trépardoux had been eking out a living with scientific toys at a shop in the Passage de Léon, near “rue de la Chapelle” in Paris.

Trépardoux had long dreamed of building a steam car, but neither could afford it.

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