Front and left hand side view. The 1900 Model E Vis-à-Vis was built by French automobile and rail car manufacturer De Dion-Bouton. Founded by Marquis Jules Albert de Dion, George Bouton and Charles Trepardoux the De Dion-Bouton company was well known for their quality, reliability and durability. In 1900 it was the largest vehicle manufacturer in the world.
The name Vis-à-Vis Voiturette translates from French to “face to face carriage”. In an unusual design, the driver sits in the rear seat and the passenger sits opposite facing them. The engine is located under the seat and the vehicle is powered through the rear wheels by a two speed gearbox. The expanding clutches of the gearbox are operated by a lever on the steering column.
The Model E is one of the oldest cars in the country.
Engine: Single Cylinder
Capacity: 402 cc
Power: 3.75 hp