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B1510 Automobile, full size, De Dion Bouton, 12 hp, 4-cylinder, mainly chassis & seats, no body, made by De Dion Bouton & Cie, Paris, France, before 1908, used by Dr Robert Meredith Farrell, Quirindi and Pymble, NSW, Australia, 1908-1947. Click to enlarge.

Pre-1908 De Dion Bouton 12hp

This car was made in Paris before 1908 by the famous early French automobile manufacturer, De Dion Bouton, and was owned by Dr Robert Farrell of Quirindi, a town in north western NSW. De Dion Boutons were some of the earliest cars to be imported into and sold in Australia. The firm also pioneered semi-automatic transmission and other automotive advances.

De Dion Bouton cars featured prominently in the history of Australia’s early motoring. According to Pollard’s “One for the Road”, the first c...

Summary

Object No.

B1510

Object Statement

Automobile, full size, De Dion Bouton, 12 hp, 4-cylinder, mainly chassis & seats, no body, made by De Dion Bouton & Cie, Paris, France, before 1908, used by Dr Robert Meredith Farrell, Quirindi and Pymble, NSW, Australia, 1908-1947

Physical Description

Automobile, full size, De Dion Bouton, 12 hp, 4-cylinder, mainly chassis & seats, no body, made by De Dion Bouton & Cie, Paris, France, before 1908, used by Dr Robert Meredith Farrell, Quirindi and Pymble, NSW, Australia, 1908-1947

Cover
Unnumbered parts
Timber steering wheel, 4-cylinder engine. The car has the NSW registration number plate 1653.

Marks

The number 6851 is on the flywheel and 3310c on the sump block.

Dimensions

Height

1430 mm

Width

2100 mm

Production

Notes

The Marquis Jules-Albert De Dion, a businessman, and Georges Bouton, a designer, began building steam carriages in France in 1883. A very successful single-cylinder petrol engine was built by them in 1895 which was used in early Renaults. In 1888 the engine was fitted to a tubular steel frame which became the basis of the De Dion Bouton voiturette. In 1900 the company introduced a remarkable gearbox, designed by Bouton, which employed the basic principles of the modern automatic transmission with epicyclic gears and an automatic clutch. They also devised a shaft drive with a differential while other cars at the time still had chain drive. By 1904 De Dion Bouton was building four-cylinder cars and in 1908 a luxury V8. The firm lost their creative ingenuity after World War I and the last car to come off the assembly line was in 1931.

History

Notes

This De Dion Bouton has the NSW registration plate No. 1653. According to early motoring registration records, this number was issued in 1908 for a 10 hp De Dion Bouton owned by Dr Robert Meredith Farrell of Henry Street, Quirindi, a town in the north western NSW. Dr Farrell graduated with a Master of Surgery from the University of Sydney in 1897 and died in 1941 while living at Avon Road, Pymble, on Sydney's North Shore.

Dr Farrell's daughter, Kathleen, drove the De Dion Bouton in a University of Sydney procession in 1937. In 1947 the car was donated to the Museum by Mrs Kathleen Anderson (nee Farrell) of Pymble.

Used

1908-1947

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Robertson, 1963

Acquisition Date

21 March 1963

Cite this Object

Harvard

Pre-1908 De Dion Bouton 12hp 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 August 2019, <https://ma.as/208001>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/208001 |title=Pre-1908 De Dion Bouton 12hp |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 August 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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