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Peugeot Type 5 (1894)

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  • Description
  • Condition
  • Make Peugeot
  • Model Type 5
  • Model name Type 5
  • Series n.a.
  • Year of manufacture 1894
  • Chassis number n.a.
  • Gearbox number n.a.
  • Report n.a.
  • Condition category n.a.
  • Mileage (read) n.a.
  • Previous owners n.a.
  • First registration n.a.
  • Engine number n.a.
  • Matching numbers n.a.

Technical details

  • Body style Convertible
  • Body detail Voiturette
  • Power (kw/hp) 1/2
  • Cubic capacity (ccm) 565
  • Cylinders 2
  • Doors 0
  • Steering Right (RHD)
  • Transmission Manual
  • Gears n.a.
  • Drive Rear
  • Front Brake Drum
  • Rear Brake Drum
  • Fuel Petrol

Individual configuration

  • Exterior colour Black
  • Manufacturer colour name n.a.
  • Sunroof No
  • Folding roof No
  • Power Assisted Steering No
  • Central locking No
  • Electric windows No
  • Interior colour Black
  • Interior material Leather
  • Electric heated seats No
  • Air conditioning No
  • ABS No
  • Airbag No
  • Cruise control No
  • An amazing survivor from the dawn of motoring
  • Highly original, matching numbers, Daimler V-2 engine
  • Exceptional restoration by veteran restorer Tim Moore
  • Entrant in the 1894 Paris to Rouen race; recognised as world’s first motor race

Chassis Number: 164                                                            

Sunday 22nd of July 1894 was a momentous day in history. For it was on this day that contemporary Parisian daily newspaper, Le Petit Journal organised the inaugural Paris-Rouen, now widely recognised by motoring historians as the advent of motor racing as we know it. The build-up to this day was significant in itself, with over one hundred entries for the event being received by the newspaper, along with the staging of elimination trials earlier in the month from which just 21 cars were duly selected. The route was slightly less than eighty miles long, providing a true test of stamina for both car and entrant alike, never before witnessed.

Billed by Le Petit Journal as ‘a competition for horseless carriages’, the grande event commenced at 8.00 a.m. from the Porte Maillot, and was eagerly watched by scores of bystanders, who had gathered to take in the spectacle. Rather than a test of speed per se, the route was designed to assess the respective reliability, safety and ease of use of the machinery, along with their associated running costs.

Witnessing the early stages of the event, Gottlieb Daimler’s son, Paul, wrote ‘It was a curious spectacle seeing these disparate vehicle types racing against each other: the stokers on the heavy steamers, dripping with perspiration and covered with soot…and then in contrast to all that the drivers of the petrol and paraffin-powered cars sitting calmly in the driver’s seat, operating a lever now and again, as if they were simply out for a pleasure trip.’

A staggering seventeen cars reached Rouen, averaging between 6.1 and 11.6 miles per hour. Chassis164 is believed to be one such car, competing as number 27 and driven by Louis Rigoulot. Peugeot’s ‘works’ team entered six cars and the Type 5 was specially developed for the race by the French manufacturer, who achieved a 20% weight reduction in the design from its standard sibling, giving a superior power to weight ratio. All six entered Peugeots finished the race, which stands as testimony to the integral quality and strength of the Type 5s. Rigoulot’s Peugeot placed a very respectable eleventh in the contest. A lovely story accompanying this wonderful piece of automotive history is that the owner and driver of the tenth-placed Panhard, a Monsieur Dubois of Chantilly, was so impressed by the performance and style of Rigoulot’s machine that he bought the car from the factory as soon as it was released!

Chassis 164 retains its original rear mounted 1,026cc Daimler v-twin engine with hot-tube ignition. It has a spray carburettor with the engine speed being controlled by a governor. The engine was made by Panhard-Levassor under license from the German Daimler company and then sold directly to Peugeot. This particular engine was commissioned on 25th June 1893, as recorded in the Peugeot factory records. Records also confirm that the engine was delivered to Peugeot’s Pgoet Valentigney facility on 20th December 1893.

To drive, the steering is light, being chain-operated. Chains are also used in the transmission, with the engine being driven through a four-speed gearbox with double chain drive. The wheels are fitted with solid rubber tyres, as their pneumatic ancestors were not used on cars until 1895. There is no radiator, so interestingly the chassis forms a major part of the cooling system, as heated water is pumped around inside the chassis tubes to disperse the heat. We are reliably informed by the current owner that after running a while, the chassis does get a little warm which is no doubt a great benefit on the less clement editions of the London to Brighton!

This example is exceptionally original, maintaining many of its original components from conrods, pistons and valves through to the gear shafts and gears. The body and wings are original, some upholstery and all the instruments (Henry lubricator, Schauffer and Budenberg air pressure gauge and works carburettor). The Peugeot was, for several decades, a part of the renowned André Laporte collection near Montpellier in the South of France and was acquired by its current owner when the collection was dispersed in October 1998.

During the past twenty years, 164 has been invited to the Louis Vuitton Concours in 2004 and the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2013. As part of the 2013 edition, 164 was selected to head the prestigious twenty car strong Goodwood Festival of Speed 20-year celebration parade.

122 years later with no modifications or improvements, the Peugeot is still capable of 16 miles per hour. It was last used ‘in anger’ in September 2014 on the ‘Hot Tube’ event in Holland where it covered an impressive 95 kilometres in one day, a staggering feat for such an early car. 

This stunningly original and fascinating Peugeot represents a rare opportunity for its new owner to acquire a wonderful piece of early motoring history, along with the means to compete in many prestigious motoring events. These include the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, the world’s longest running motoring event, where it would be one of the first to start as one of the oldest entrants!



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