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1898. Victoria Combination. Single-cylinder. 2.25 hp. Reg No: OCL 876. Photo at the 2010 LBVCR.
1898. Victoria Combination. Single-cylinder. 2.25 hp. Reg No: OCL 876. Photo at the 2010 LBVCR.
1898. Victoria Combination. Single-cylinder. 2.25 hp. Reg No: OCL 876. Photo at the 2010 LBVCR.

1898 The French cycle firm La Société Parisienne introduced a small front-wheel drive voiturette called the Victoria Combination. It consisted of a lightweight two-seater trailer of the pattern known as a Victoria and this was combined with the back axle and running gear from a motor tricycle placed in front of the trailer and tiller-steered.

The first examples were powered by a 1.75 hp De Dion-Bouton engine, but larger engines of this make were soon fitted.

1901 a water-cooled 3.5 hp Aster engined model was available.

Some 400 Victoria Combinations are estimated to have been sold by the end of 1901 and around 10 examples are known to survive.


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