De Dion Bouton Et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout is a historic car of 1884 that is about to cross the auctioneers next month. It is the second prototype manufactured by Count de Dion.
It was the only car to turn up in Europe’s first motoring competition in 1887 organized by France’s top selling bicycle magazine, Le Velocipede. It completed the course though there was no race without two competitors. And, finally this car won the race by achieving a top speed of 37 miles per gallon on straight track.
It was nick named “La Marquise” after Count de Dion’s mother. It measures just 9 ft. in length with twin compound steam engines. It has seats for four people, which are located at the top of steel tank. The tank can hold 40 gallons of water, which is good for 20 miles. Its sophisticated boiler can be steamed for around 45 minutes by using coal or coke.