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About Quiz # 341: 1903 Léon-Buat

This quiz was indeed a tricky one, as most were put off by the double name. But you might have recognized the big suitcase at the rear as the owner and his 1903 Léon-Buat are regular contenders at the London to Brighton. Correct answers came from Ariejan Bos, Fredi Vollenweider, Andrew Winter and jury member Fried Stol. Several mentioned Lacoste & Battmann. This was partly right as this company supplied many chassis to different car manufacturers. And it is said, according to Fried Stol, that cars sold under Léon-Buat's name were actually Lacoste et Battmanns. However Ariejan Bos doubts this as he wrote: "This car is a Buat or Léon Buat of 1903. Léon Buat produced motor cars from 1901 to 1906 in Senlis (Oise) just north of Paris. As he was himself a carriage builder, he purchased his chassis at Lacoste & Battmann (though I have some doubt about this because of some obvious differences from the L&B design). It seems that he used the name Buat for his motor cars, but that he advertised for carriages and car bodies as Léon Buat. As this trade apparently did not prosper, he restricted himself again to building carriages and car bodies from 1907." This third correct answer earns you a well-deserved place amongst our distinguished jury members. Congratulations, Ariejan!

We took the pictures of this Léon-Buat at last year's Techno Classica in Essen where it was displayed at the stand of the 'Allgemeiner Schnauferl Club'. Essen is as always a great show. This year's edition will be held from April 10-14. Don't forget!

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Jury Member Location Information

Bart Oosterling NL
Bas de Voogd / Rutger Booy NL team
Bob Swanson USA Sports Cars & Racing Cars
Carleton Hughes USA
Ced Pearce South-Africa Ford & Cord
Chris Paulsen USA Brass Era (pre-1916) cars
David Green NZ
Dick Trenk (deceased 2010) USA US cars
Dominique Barbault F French Cars
Don Edwards USA US Classics
Eduard Hattuma NL
Fons Alkemade NL French automobiles
Frans Vrijaldenhoven NL Dutch Automobile Historian
Fried Stol NL
Hans Compter NZ
Harry Schley Germany
Henk Visscher NL Firsts in Car Industry
Ian Hayhurst Canada pre-1916 autos / early Mopar
Ingo Jost Germany German Cars
James Helms USA
João Pedro Gazineu Brazil
John Barringer UK
John Robins UK
Jon Baker Australia
José A. Gómez Argentina
Josef Kubista CZ
Joseph P. McCormick USA
Kit Foster USA US cars 1920-1960, Stanley Steamers
Kjetil Langsaether Norway
Lars-Göran Lindgren S brass era cars
Luke Chennel USA
Marc Fellman Australia
Mark Dawber NZ
Mike Clark GB Vintage Cars.
Mike Tebbett UK cyclecars
Mike Turner USA
Nicolas Boissier France
Paul Linster L French & Britsh sports cars
Peter Ransom Australia
Richard Armstrong UK
Radu Comsa Romania
Raul Valkila Finland
Reg Harris Australia Citroën and English cars
Robb Stewart USA early racing and sports cars
Robbie Marenzi Argentina
Roger Fields USA
Rutger Booy / Bas de Voogd NL team
Stuart Penketh Thailand
Theo Castricum NL US cars
Tom Chaney USA
Verner Johnson DK