De Dietrich 24hp

The De Dietrich 24hp is an early automobile built in France.

The car was fitted with a 5428cc four-cylinder engine, giving it a top speed of 50mph (80.47kph).

The 24hp was built as a fast touring car, with the engine at the front, gearbox amid ships and chain driven rear wheels, as well as brakes on the rear wheels only. The cost of the vehicle when it was new was £960.

This car (pictured right) was originally the property of the gold mining pioneer, Sir Joseph Robinson. The car was stored in a London furniture depository from 1910 until 1956. It was then bought by Lord Montagu and now resides in the National Motor Museum.

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