SPAIN.  Epelsa - Mobba issues  2OO1 54
Coches de época ( 5 ). DE DION BOUTON B.S. (CASC) /
Vintage cars ( 5 ). DE DION BOUTON B.S. (CASC)
Date of issue :
November 2001 ( 1st. date of use : 16.11.01, Phil. Service )
47 x 26 mm. - Format type 3
Paper :
Thermal self adhesive - multicoloured 
Imprint :
Thermal on black
Imprint varieties : 6 ( Mobba (1) and Epelsa 4 (1), 5 (2), 6 (2) digits )
Values / Set :
1 to 999999 PTS / Set values : 30 - 40 - 75 PTS
( Available printing varieties and values in the date of issue )
Design and Printer :
RCM-FNMT. Real Casa de la Moneda - Fábrica Nacional de Moneda y Timbre
Printing :
50.000.000 of labels
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Fifth issue of the ATM set dedicated to the vintage cars.

The Count Albert de Dion-le Val, the miniaturist Georges Bouton and his good friend the engineer Charles-Armand Trépardoux had begun to produce steam vehicles in 1883.
In the first racing cars in the history, the Paris-Rouen of 1894, one steam De Dion-Bouton was the first vehicle to cross the finnish line.
Ten years before Trépardoux left the company because many disagreements about the propulsion to use in future vehicles and De Dion and Bouton decided to continue the manufacture of vehicles with gasoline motor, that first mounted in tricycles and later also in four wheels vehicles. 

De Dion-Bouton-Trépardoux "dog-cart" 1885

In 1899 it appeared his first model equipped with a motor mono cylinder and 3 1/2 CV; the famous D type or "vis-à-vis", of which 2,970 units between 1900 and 1902 were sold. 
The motor was evolving until 1903, year in which they presented his vehicle with two cylinders and 8 CV. 
Two years later it appeared the model De Dion of 4 cylinders, with a chassis in U and alveolar radiator ; they continue also the production of small vehicles mono cylinders ; these voiturettes were extraordinarily popular and constituted the success and international recognition of the mark.

In 1910 the French company presented a totally different style car, the V8 ; one of the first luxury vehicles that was manufactured in mass. 
Few years later, in 1913, the manufacture of voiturette stopped and the mark initiated its declivity, living on its reputation mainly and producing buses, taxis, agricultural vehicles and some luxurious vehicles in reduced number. 

In 1927 Peugeot and Mercedes Benz entered in negotiations for the purchase of the company, that underwent a deep transformation. The world-wide crisis of beginnings of 30's deeply affected the company, that in 1933 definitively stopped the production of tourism vehicles.

Vintage cars in Spanish philately
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