Alexandre Darracq founded Darracq et Cie in Suresne in 1896 from profits he made by selling his Gladiator bicycle factory to Adolphe Clement. Marquis Jules-Albert de Dion, Georges Bouton, and Charles Trépardoux (brother-in-law to Bouton) founded De Dion-Bouton in 1883 after De Dion visited the toy shop of Bouton et Trepardoux and asked them to build a toy steam locomotive. From pioneering Panhard et Levassor collaborating with Germany's Gottleib Daimler the French company helped France to become an automobile leader. Louis Renault formed Societe Renault Freres with his brothers in 1899. Production gets under way in 1900 using engines from De Dion-Bouton. The first Renault engine comes in 1902 and a mass production line in 1905.
Societe anonyme des Automobiles Marius Berliet
De Dion Bouton
Panhard et Levassor
Renault Cars before 1930
ab Darracq 15hp 1904 radiator
Darracq 15hp 1904 - radiator
Peugeot Lion VA 1907
Peugeot Lion VA 1907. Lion-Peugeot was established in 1907 after a dispute in the Peugeot family which allowed the Peugeot brothers to make cars independent of their cousin Armand Peugeot until 1910 when the two Peugeots were merged back together. The VA was powered by a single cylinder 785cc 7hp engine.
Peugeot Type 3 1894 Vis-a-Vis
Peugeot Type 3 1894 Vis-a-Vis. Powered by twin cylinder 565cc engine