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Romain Tricycles

Delaugère & Cie of 89 rue d'illiers, Orléans displayed tricycles at l'exposition Universelle de Paris in 1898, which were fitted with 2½ hp or 3 hp engines. There is one known survivor, an 1899 model believed to be in the collection of the brothers Martin. From 1900, the firm also built quadricycles and other four-wheelers under the original name, which changed to Delaugere et Clayette.

In 1926 the company was purchased by Panhard and Levassor.

Sources: Bourdache p 441. Isabelle Bracquemond,

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