1/16 8466 Entex 1901 De Dion Bouton Automobile
Plastic Model Kit, Box Condition: VG
Very high quality large scale kit. Features excellent detail throughout. Molded in deep red, brown, black, tan, ivory, clear and brass plated plastic. There has been no assembly. NOTE: the wheel rims have been neatly painted with one coat of paint. You can simply paint over them or strip them with DOT3 brake fluid, oven cleaner or other plastic-safe stripper. Inventoried complete with all parts and instructions. After seeing Daimler's engine, Count Albert de Dion and M. George Bouton produded a 1/3 HP engine that could run at 1800 rpm- double the speed of the Daimler unit. The De Dion/Bouton unit proved to be much more efficient. Mr. Benz, Daimler's engine expert, found out about the motor and announced that it would only have a service life of one-third that of a 500 rpm engine. Benz was wrong and many De Dion/Bouton engines are still running today. At first they built powered tricycles with this engine and produced motor for other manufacturers. The De Dion Bouton 4-wheel automobiles represented here is the Type G. The water-cooled engine put out 4.5 hp. It may have been the first easy-to-drive car built, due to thbe constand mesh gear system and the famous 'de Dion axle' which is still used by some sports car manufacturers. The top speed of the G was 26 mph. Although it was not recognized at the time, the Type G was the first 'peoples compact car' as it brought affordable motoring to thousands at a time when cars were expensive playthings for the rich.
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