Albert de Dion started a company in France with partner Georges Bouton to build steam engined vehicles. Later they switched to gasoline burning vehicles, including a tricycle. They obtained a patent on a single cylinger gasoline engine in 1890 and started production in 1895. The engine was fitted to a tricycle. It included the .75 hp engine, a carbuerettor, high voltage ignition with a spark plug and a timing cam. The tricycle came in fourth racing against four wheeled vehicles in a race from Paris to Marseille and back, using Michelin tires. In 1899 the de Dion-Bouton tricycle won an uphill race in Austria and gained much fame and popularity.
De Dion-Bouton made cars and tricycles, and later motorcycles, and sold engines to other companies.