The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

13 April 2008

Gently used, only 2000 miles

I don't know if this is the last remaining 1902 Peugeot 5hp Bébé, but it's being sold — for £100,000 — and to be legally salable in Britain, it had to pass the MOT Test. Which, happily, it did.

The little two-seater has been in the same family since it was brought over from France. The Bébé has a single-cylinder engine displacing 0.65 litre, and shaft drive to the rear wheels. Suspension appears to be leaf springs all around. Top speed is 28 mph. I have no idea as to its fuel economy.

A reader of the Daily Mail article linked herein asked: "So just how did it pass the emissions test?" The answer is here:

An important aspect of the MOT is that the vehicle's equipment is Tested, by and large, to the standard to be expected during its year of manufacture. For example, the brakes and emissions of a 1919 Morris will not be Tested to the same criteria as a 2006 Mercedes.

It seems unlikely that this Peugeot would have even a rudimentary PCV valve.

(Via Fark.)

Posted at 2:07 PM to Driver's Seat

It won't be long before somebody gets a 100-plus-year-old airplane into the air.

Talk about mind-blowing...

Posted by: McGehee at 4:08 PM on 13 April 2008

At the MOT site:

Help to prevent road deaths protest against the government's plans to reduce the frequency of MOT Testing (4-2-2 Testing)

An agency trying to keep itself in business? Who'd a thunk it?

Posted by: Jeffro at 5:15 PM on 13 April 2008

Actually, that's not the official MOT site; it's a commercial site that provides MOT guidance. (Here's the official government site.)

Posted by: CGHill at 5:47 PM on 13 April 2008

Ahhh, ok. Sorry 'bout that.

Posted by: Jeffro at 3:07 PM on 14 April 2008