2010 Shannons Melbourne Classic Auction

c1903 De Dion/Torbensen 2 Seater Runabout (Replica)




Engine 1 cylinder 8Hp
Gearbox 3 speed with reverse
Body Work De Dion Tubular Chassis
Colour Maroon
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Spoke
Brakes Hand operated rear drums


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VIGGO TORBENSEN was a pioneer in the automotive industry and founder of the Torbensen Axle Company He was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, He was educated in Danish public schools and studied engineering at the Naval Technical School, graduating in 1879. After 2 years as a machinist's apprentice and a year working in England, he came to America where he was employed by a succession of firms. In 1892, Torbensen traveled to Germany for further training. Returning to the U.S. in 1899, he designed and produced the first internal automobile gear drive used in this country while managing the DeDion-Bouton Motorette Co. of Brooklyn, N.Y. In 1912, he founded the Torbensen Gear & Axle Company at Newark, NJ and moved it to Cleveland in 1915.