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Léon Bollée Voiturettes

A Brief History of the Marque

Léon Bollée named his tricycle a Voiturette to distinguish it from his father Amedée Bollée's steam-powered vehicles. At the time, these diminutive 650cc tandem two-seaters were the fastest things on the road, winning a variety of French road races at speeds of up to 28mph. The 1897 Leon Bollee Tri-car had a top speed of over 60mph. At that time the speed limit in some countries was only 12mph.

Engine: Maybach Phoenix (?)
Carburettor: Spray type
Ignition: Hot tube ignition
Gearbox: Three speed
Starting: Hand crank
Tyres: 21 x 300 on beaded-edge rims

Fri Apr 21 2006
Email re Amédée Bollée & sons withheld at writer's request.

Thu Nov 17 2005
yves.bollee at
Voiturette Léon Bollée
Le moteur de la voiturette Léon Bollée est une version monocylindre du moteur Bicylindre consu par son frère Amédée Bollée fils mon arrière-grand-père

Translation: The engine of the Léon Bollée voiturette is a single-cylinder version of the twin-cylinder engine designed by his brother Amédée Bollée, son of my great-grandfather.

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