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1896 Paris-Marseilles-Paris Race

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1896. No. 6 - The winner of the race - Panhard and Levassor
1896. No. 8 - The Second Autocar in the race - Panhard and Levassor.
1896. No. 46 The First Peugeot in the Paris-Marseilles Contest.
1896. No. 44 The Second Peugeot Autocar in the Paris-Marseilles Contest.
1896. The Peugeot Carriage (No. 45).
1896. The Fisson Pheaeton (No. 33).
1896. Voiturette Bollee Tandem (No. 24).
1896. M. Amedee Bollee's Autocar (No. 20).
1896. De Dion-Bouton Steam Autocar (No. 12).
1896. The Triouleyre Autocar (No. 25).
1896. The Triouleyre Autocar (No. 25).

Held in September 1896 (after being delayed from July) with rules drawn up by the Automobile Club of France. This race was divided into five stages in each direction. Each carriage carried an umpire from the automobile club.

The following table shows the entry list

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The results were:-

  1. Panhard and Levassor (M. Mayard) (No. 6) in 67h. 42m. 58s.
  2. Panhard and Levassor ( De Knyff) (No. 8) in 68h. 11m. 5s.
  3. De Dion Tricycle (No. 5) in 71h. 1m. 0s.
  4. Panhard and Levassor (Emile Levassor)
  5. De Dion Tricycle (entered by Michelin)
  6. Peugeot
  7. Delahaye
  8. Peugeot
  9. De Dion Tricycle
  10. Delahaye
  11. Maison Parisienne
  12. Maison Parisienne
  13. Landry and Beyroux in 137h. 11m. 17s.

The winning car (No 6) averaged 15.6 mph and was the first car to be fitted with a four-cylinder engine. The car was later purchased by Charles Stewart Rolls

The second car was afterwards bought by Selwyn Edge and he later fitted a Napier engine in it.

The third car (No 5) and the fourth vehicle to finish was later purchased by Charles Jarrott

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