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Peugeot Type 7 Chassis 1896

Armand Peugeot first produced a steam powered tricylce with Léon Sepollet. In 1890, he decided to adopt the petroleum gas powered V2 engine produced by Panhard and Levassor under license Daimler. The first model was produced in 64 examples; in 1891 it runs 2.045 km from Valentigney (Doubs province, France) to Paris, then Brest and return at 14,710 kph. Following this performance, Peugeot entered the first horseless carriage race in France, the 1894 Paris-Rouen race. The factory entered teal of 5 Peugeot (including a Type 7) won the first prize together with the 4 cars entered by Panhard and Levassor. In 1895, a Peugeot Type 7 driven by Paul Koechlin with Rubichon as a mechanic, won the Paris Bordeaux Paris race. Two other Peugeot arrived 3rd and 4th while a Peugeot driven by the Michelin brothers finished in 10th position, opening the history of cars equipped with tyres.

The Peugeot Type 7 was produced in 25 examples between 1894 and 1897 and had a phaeton style body for 4 persons. The chassis shown in these pictures is the property of L'Aventure Peugeot Museum in Sochaux. The engine placed at the back is a Daimler V2 of 1?282 cc producing 3,7 hp. The cooling is made by means of a radiator placed at the front, the the piping circulating within the tubular space-frame. Transmission is made by a cone clutch, a 4 speed gearbox without casing and chains propelling the rear wheels. The wheels are with steel wires and rubber bands while most competitors still utilized wooden wheels. This Peugeot Type 7 with body weighted 650 kg and was capable of a top speed in the range of 18 and 20 kph.

 

 

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