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1900. 'De Dietrich lorry, 1897.
July 1900. Dietrich car.


1900. Petrol Lorry.
May 1901. Transmission gear.
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1903. Type SM. Exhibit at the Shuttleworth Collection.
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May 1903. De Dietrich 16 h.p.
May 1903. De Dietrich belonging to Charles Jarrott.
May 1903. Madame Du Gast with her 24 h.p. De Dietrich car.
May 1903. Loraine Barrow with his 80 h.p. De Dietrich car.
1905. Omnibus.
February 1905. 24 h.p. chassis.
September 1905.
Vis-a-vis, Single-cylinder, 6.5 h.p. Reg No: 4126. Photo at the 2009 LBVCR.
Limousine. Published in 1906.
1906 Q4. 40hp.
1906. Double Phaeton.
1906. Engine.
1906. De Dietrich-Bugatti Four-cylinder engine.
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The company Dietrich and Cie in Luneville had a reputation as a manufacturer of railway materials.

1864 Railway locomotive manufacturer Société Lorraine des Anciens Etablissments de Dietrich and Cie was founded by Jean de Dietrich.

Known as De Dietrich et Cie.

1896 Branched into the manufacture of automobiles. The first three-wheeler was designed by Amedee Bollee, the older brother of Leon Bollee. Shortly afterwards, the young Ettore Bugatti was commissioned to design a few models for the new make. The cars designed by Bugatti were driven by two, four and six-cylinder engines.

1905 the car's name was changed to Lorraine Dietrich. The cross of Lotharingen was mounted on the massive radiator.

1905 Make 12-15, 16-20, 24-30, 40-50 and 60 h.p. chain driven models. Made under the licence of Turcat-Mery. [1]

1907 Established De Dietrich UK

1909 Nine different models offered. The Dietrich company invested a great deal in racing. The racing cars had enormous engines and were specially designed for the purpose.

1913-1917 For a list of the models and prices see the 1917 Red Book

1919 The factory produced V12 engines.

1923 The company never produced small cars. The model with the smallest engine was the A4 10/12 CV type dating from 1923.

1931 Again produced V12 engines as prototype.

1934 Car production was stopped. The business focused once again on railway materials, and tank and aircraft engines.

See Charles Jarrott and Letts and Burlington Carriage Co for UK agents.

Early Registrations

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Automobile Vol. III. Edited by Paul N. Hasluck and published by Cassell and Co in 1906.