Peugeot Type 5 2,5HP Twin Cylinder Two Seater

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Type 5 2,5HP Twin Cylinder Two Seater





The Peugeot Type 5 was a small car by Peugeot, produced from 1893 to 1896. Mechanically, little was changed from the Peugeot Type 3. The engine and most of the mechanical parts were unchanged, but the car was shorter, lighter, and correspondingly made more of its 2 horsepower. However, against larger models from Peugeot, this car did not fare well. A total of 14 were sold.

The 1894 Paris–Rouen "contest for horseless carriages" organized by Le Petit Journal. Albert Lemaître, driving the 3 hp Peugeot (No.65), was the first petrol (gasoline) engine finisher. Five Peugeots reached the finish at Rouen - Albert Lemaître, Auguste Doriot, Émile Kraeutler, Michaud, and Louis Rigoulot. 'Les fils de Peugeot Frères' were judged to have won the first prize, the 5,000 franc Prix du Petit Journal, which they shared equally with Panhard et Levassor.

According to the Musée de l'Aventure Peugeot, a Peugeot Type 5 driven by Louis Rigoulot won the first motor race in the world, but the reference description is over-ambitious about the achievements of both its display car and Rigoulot, and it is confused about the status of the 'race'. The event was declared by the organisers as not a race. It acclaims Louis Rigoulot as the winner, but he finished 11th in car 27, the car shown in this article. Peugeot were judged by the organisers to have tied for overall victory with Panhard et Levassor.

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