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The company Dietrich and Cie in Luneville had a reputation as a manufacturer of railway materials.
1864 Railway locomotive manufacturer Société Lorraine des Anciens Etablissments de Dietrich and Cie was founded by Jean de Dietrich.
Known as De Dietrich et Cie.
1896 Branched into the manufacture of automobiles. The first three-wheeler was designed by Amedee Bollee, the older brother of Leon Bollee. Shortly afterwards, the young Ettore Bugatti was commissioned to design a few models for the new make. The cars designed by Bugatti were driven by two, four and six-cylinder engines.
1905 the car's name was changed to Lorraine Dietrich. The cross of Lotharingen was mounted on the massive radiator.
1907 Established De Dietrich UK
1909 Nine different models offered. The Dietrich company invested a great deal in racing. The racing cars had enormous engines and were specially designed for the purpose.
1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book
1919 The factory produced V12 engines.
1923 The company never produced small cars. The model with the smallest engine was the A4 10/12 CV type dating from 1923.
1931 Again produced V12 engines as prototype.
1934 Car production was stopped. The business focused once again on railway materials, and tank and aircraft engines.