Francois Pilain experienced worked for Serpollet and for La Buire before commencing on his own in 1893. He then labored for Vermorel ahead of returning to Lyons in 1901 in which he set up the Societe des Automobiles Pilain typically recognised as SAP and these three letters also appeared on the hub-caps, the radiator core and some radiator emblems.
Francois Pilain was the uncle of Emile Pilain who afterwards launched the Rolland Pilain in Excursions.
Number of autos have been designed by Francois Pilain right before 1904. In 1906 he provided a chassis with a 6.2 liter and even a 8.6 4-cylinder engine. The cars and trucks had spherical radiators in the Delaunay – Belleville or Hotchkiss design and style.
Francois had to go away his very own enterprise in 1909 and the new directors released a range of lesser cars and trucks.
In 1913 a v-shaped radiator was adpopted. The final Pilain was bought in 1920 under the title S.L.I.M-Pilain.
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The physique of the 1911 Pilain Tonneau Form 40 (down below) is very original simply because the entrance still left-hand seat has to be tipped up in order to acquire obtain to the rear seat.