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Peugeot Quadrilette (1920)
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Sitges, Garraf, Barcelona (Spain).
49 International Barcelona-Sitges Vintage Car Rally
The international Rally of vintage cars of Barcelona-Sitges, organized by Fomento de Turismo de Sitges uninterruptedly from year 1958, is sponsored at the present time by Audi and permits to see pieces of authentic museum in operation (prior to 1924) and with its passengers dressed in the clothing of the years in which the automobile was designed.
With the passage of the years the occasion has been rooting and at the moment it is deemed as one of most classic at European level. According to the organizing sources it would be the second far more critical encounter of vintage automobiles in Europe behind a classic one like London-Brighton.
Though the Peugeot factory had been in the manufacturing organization for some time, their entry into the globe of wheeled vehicles was by implies of the bicycle. Armand Peugeot introduced the Peugeot "Le Grand Bi" penny-farthing in 1882 and a variety of bicycles. Peugeot bicycles have been constructed till very not too long ago, although the car organization and bike firm parted approaches in 1926.
Armand Peugeot became quite interested in the automobile early on, and after meeting with Gottlieb Daimler and other individuals was convinced of its viability. The very first Peugeot automobile (a 3-wheeled steam-powered vehicle) was produced in 1889, in collaboration with Léon Serpollet. Steam power was heavy and bulky and essential lengthy preparation before running, so it was soon abandoned in favour of the petrol-fueled internal combustion engine.
1890 saw the 1st such car, powered by a Daimler engine and with four wheels.
Further vehicles followed, twenty-nine becoming constructed in 1892. These early models had been given Variety numbers with the Variety 12, for example, dating from 1895. Peugeot became the 1st manufacturer to match rubber tires to a petrol-powered vehicle that year (strong tires pneumatic would stick to in 1895). The autos were nevertheless really considerably horseless carriages in look and had been steered by tiller.
1896 saw the 1st Peugeot engines built and fitted to the Sort 15 no longer had been they reliant on Daimler. Additional improvements followed: the engine moved to the front on the Sort 48 and was quickly beneath a hood (bonnet) at the front of the car, as an alternative of hidden underneath the steering wheel was adopted on the Kind 36 and they started to appear much more like the contemporary car.
In 1896 Armand Peugeot broke away from the loved ones firm of Les Fils de Peugeot Frères and formed his own business, Société Anonyme des Automobiles Peugeot and constructed a new factory at Audincourt.
Peugeot added a motorcycle to its range in 1903, and motorcycles have been built beneath the Peugeot name ever given that.
By that year, Peugeot produced half of the automobiles constructed in France. 1916 and 1919 saw repeat wins at Indianapolis.
In the course of the very first Planet War Peugeot turned largely to arms production, becoming a key manufacturer of arms and military autos, from bicycles to tanks and shells. Postwar, vehicle production resumed in earnest the vehicle was becoming no longer just a plaything for the wealthy but accessible to several. 1926, nevertheless, saw the cycle (pedal and motor) organization separate to type Cycles Peugeot — the consistently lucrative cycle division seeking to totally free itself from the rather much more boom-and-bust auto business.