De Di­et­rich’s six-wheeler

7 De­cem­ber 1907

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IF THE SIGHT of an au­to­mo­bile on the roads was still rel­a­tively rare even in the mid-1900s, one can only imag­ine what the pop­u­la­tion of cen­tral Lon­don made of this six-wheeled cre­ation by the French De Di­et­rich com­pany.

The car – im­ported by Jar­rott and Letts of Great Marl­bor­ough Street, Lon­don – was known as a lim­ou­sines de voy­age, a su­per­lux­ury model that was one of a hand­ful of six-wheel­ers built by Baron De Di­et­rich’s firm. It cost about £4000.

This six-wheeler was, ex­plained Au­to­car, “placed at the dis­posal of the Swazi chiefs, and the above pho­to­graph was se­cured just be­fore their start to in­spect the King’s horses at Buck­ing­ham Palace”.

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