Léon Bollée 

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Complete Biography, History, and Inventions

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Léon Bollée was a notable French automobile inventor and manufacturer. He was born into the Amédée-Ernest Bollée family who are popular for their impact on the manufacturing of steam vehicles.

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Early Life

Born Léon-Auguste-Antoine Bollée on April 2, 1870, in Le Mans, France, Léon Bollée belonged to the prestigious family of Amédée-Ernest Bollée, the most important pioneer of steam road vehicles in France.

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Invention 1

Léon worked on three calculating machines in 1887: the Direct Multiplier, the Arithmographe, and the Calculating Board.

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Invention 2

In 1895, he built the first-ever small gasoline-powered vehicles in France.

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Invention 3

Léon introduced a vehicle with three wheels called Voiturette in 1896. Voiturette was also the fastest thing on the road, winning a variety of French road races at speeds of up to 45 km/h.

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