The Jeantaud was a make of French automobile manufactured in Paris from 1893 until 1907. It was the brainchild of Charles Jeantaud, a coachbuilder who built his first electric carriage in 1881. Among the vehicles he constructed was the first car to set a land speed record (39.24 mph (63.15 km/h), driven by Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat), as well as coupes and hansom cabs; in these the driver sat high, and to the rear. Some cars had an unusual bevel-gear front-wheel-drive layout. From 1902 to 1904, Jeantaud offered a range of gas-engined cars similar to 1898 Panhards.
The company ceased trading in 1906 following the suicide of its founder.
Specifications of record breaker
The 1899 Jeantaud Duc Profilée was powered by a 36 horsepower (26.8 kilowatts) electric engine. The car weighed around 1,400 kg and transmitted its power to the rear wheels through a chain-drive gearbox. The Profilée was designed to be more aerodynamic than its older brother, featuring pointy ends on both the front and back, which allowed it to break the record top speed of 49 mph of its less pointy rival the GCA Dogcart on 4 March 1899, achieving a speed of 57 mph. Its record, though, was quickly broken by the more famous La Jamais Contente, the first purpose-built land speed record car, which reached 65 mph on the same day.
- Burgess-Wise, David. The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Automobiles. BookSales Inc; Rev Upd edition (May 2000). p. 559. ISBN 0-7858-1106-0.
- (Archived copy) JEANTAUD (France) 1881/1893-1906 accessed 18 December 2018, Originally at www.vea.qc.ca/vea/marques/jeantaud.htm
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