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France 1894-1934 circulation figures now available!

Peugeot Type 5 France 1894The Peugeot Type 5 launched in 1894 and was one of only 200 cars in circulation in France then.

For the first time in the history of BSCB and thanks to the CCFA in Paris I am able to share with you official stats for the 19th century! At that time the only data available is the number of cars in circulation in the country. In France, there were only 200 cars on the roads in 1894. A figure that would climb to 2,897 in 1900, then passing the 10,000 mark in 1903, the 20,000 in 1906, 30,000 in 1907 and 50,000 in 1910.

Renault Vivastella France 19291929 Renault Vivastella

There is a steady increase of the number of vehicles in circulation in France of around 20% per year up until World War I which sees the car population skid from 107,535 in 1914 (the first year above 100,000), to 93,338 in 1919. But 1920 sees an incredible increase of 150% to a record 233,065 and in the twenties the progression is astounding, reaching 602,338 vehicles in circulation in 1924 and passing the symbolic million in 1928. By 1930, there are over 1.5 million vehicles on French roads and by 1935 over 2 million…

Cars in circulation in France for each year between 1894 and 1934 below.

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