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Motor Car - De Dion Bouton Voiturette, circa 1900 Object Reg. No: ST 033490

This early model De Dion Bouton 'vis-a-vis' voiturette was purchased in Paris by Mr James H. Craven of St Kilda in about 1900. Craven ran the machinery importation business Jas H. Craven & Co. in South Melbourne . It is believed to be the first De Dion, Bouton to be imported into Australia. Craven owned at least one other De Dion Bouton, a front-engine 8 horsepower model in which he won the Light Car section of the Dunlop Sydney to Melbourne reliability trial in February 1905. This voiturette was last reported used in a 1934 car rally before being stored. It was restored by Mr Bernard Edmondson, nephew of J.H. Craven in 1968 and was purchased by the Museum in 1976.
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1410 mm (Height), 1320 mm (Width), 2270 mm (Length)
Weight: 600 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: motor cars
Themes this item is part of: De Dion, Bouton, Engineering Collection, Transport Collection
Primary Classification: ROAD TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Motor Vehicles
Tertiary Classification: motor cars
Manufacturer: De Dion Bouton Co, Paris, France, circa 1898
Original Owner: Mr J.H. Craven, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia, circa 1899
Restorer: Mr Bernard Edmondson, Brighton, Victoria, Australia, 1968

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