At the end of the nineteenth century, a company named Noé Boyer & Cie in the French city of Suresnes produces bicycles under the brandname Phebus. Like so many other businesses they try their luck in the manufacture of motorised vehicles. In those days there was a market for cyclecars or voiturette: small, light motorcars that looked as if they were put together from bicycle parts. In 1889 the firm launches the Phebus tricycle, shortly afterwards they present also a quadracycle. It is driven by a watercooled, singlecilinder 326 cc. De Dion-Bouton engine and has two gears.
In 1898 the company is taken over by Cycles Gladiator. This particular Phebus tricycle dates from 1899. It has been fully restored and is in wonderful condition, judging by the photos and the description in the ad. The German owner of the vehicle is based in Düsseldorf. The askingprice of this charming vehicle is EUR 42.500.