The French Noël Benet 1900 – 1st front wheel drive car. The only copy in the world

The French Noël Benet 1900 – 1st front wheel drive car with De Dion Bouton one cylinder motor.

There is very little information about this short-lived brand. Apparently, in 1900, a man named Noël Benet, manufactured in the French town of Offrainville, Seine-Maritime, what is possibly the first front-wheel drive car.

It was a small “voiturette” with capacity for two passengers, equipped with a transversely mounted De Dion Bouton single-cylinder engine and with brakes that acted on the front wheels.

Production ceased the same year of its launch after having produced very few units. The only surviving car of this brand is on display at the “Musée de l’Automobile Henri Malartre” in the small French town of Rochetaillée-sur-Saône.

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