Peugeot Type 3 quadricycle

Les Fils de Peugeot Frères, Panhard & Levassor1892

Musée des arts et métiers

Musée des arts et métiers

Although the 1889 Universal Exposition will always be associated with the Eiffel Tower, it also marked the beginnings of the petrol-powered automobile. The German engineer Gottlieb Daimler showed a petrol engine, selling its production rights for France to Panhard & Levassor. By associating himself with this firm, Armand Peugeot could begin producing petrol-powered vehicles, the first of which was the Type 2 quadricycle, launched in 1891. Only four Type 2 quadricycles were sold but its successor, the Type 3, a four-seater version with passengers facing each other beneath a dais, had much more success. It was the first standardised car made by Peugeot. Sixty-four were produced at the factory at Valentigney. The model on display bears the number thirteen. It was delivered in 1892 to Henri Menier, who had a radiator fitted to cool the engine. It is on display next to the Type 1 tricycle, the first Peugeot vehicle, with a Serpollet steam engine.

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  • Title: Peugeot Type 3 quadricycle
  • Creator: Les Fils de Peugeot Frères, Panhard & Levassor
  • Date: 1892
  • Date Created: 1892
  • Location: France
  • Provenance: Musée des arts et métiers
  • Contributor: Author: Sandra Delaunay. English translation: David Wharry
  • Inventory number: Inv. 16593
  • Credits: © Musée des arts et métiers-Cnam/photo Michèle Favareille