2023 |Estate of Mark Smith Auction
1913 Peugeot BébéRegister to Bid
$3,000 - $5,000| Without Reserve
Likely Used by the American Rubber Company for Promotional Purposes
Fascinating Example of the Ettore Bugatti-Designed BP1 Bébé
A Rare and Unique Piece of Early French Automotive History in Unrestored Condition
855 CC Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
10 HP at 2,000 RPM
Rear-Wheel Mechanically Operated Drum Brakes
Front Solid Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Rear Live Axle with Reversed Quarter-Elliptical Leaf Springs
In 1904, Peugeot displayed the Bébé at the Paris Motor Show. It weighed a mere 770 lbs., measured just 110" long and was powered by a single-cylinder, 652 cc engine. They proved immensely popular. In 1911, Ettore Bugatti also endeavored to create a lightweight yet robust car of similar size. But as his own factory production was still quite slow, he outsourced the production of the cars to Peugeot, and this model became known as the Type BP1 Bébé and featured a more powerful engine.
According to correspondence on file, this example was originally owned by the American Rubber company and used for promotional purposes when they sponsored the Indianapolis 500. Remaining in unrestored condition and fitted with a racing-type body, this Bébé is an outstanding find for enthusiasts of early French motoring.
*Please note that this Lot, like all vehicles in this Auction, has been in long-term static storage and may not be currently operational. It will require mechanical attention prior to any road use.
Gooding & Company presents and conducts the Estate of Mark Smith Auction under the authority of John J. Rendemonti, Executor of the Estate of Mark J. Smith, duly appointed by the Circuit Court of the State of New Hampshire, Probate Division, Case Number 312-2022-ET-00072. The Estate has compiled available title and/or registration paperwork for the Vehicles offered in the Auction and will provide such paperwork to the Buyer if it is available. However, as set forth more fully in the Conditions of Sale, neither the Estate nor Gooding makes any representation or warranty with respect to any existing certificate of title or registration with regard to any Lot in the Auction. Any Lot may be sold on a Bill of Sale. By participating in this Auction, all bidders and buyers recognize that Estate and Gooding have expressly disclaimed all such warranties concerning the availability or sufficiency of any title or registration documentation.