Francois Pilain had labored for Serpollet and for Los angeles Buire ahead of beginning on his personal in 1893. He then labored for Vermorel ahead of returning to Lyons in 1901 the place he arrange the Societe des Cars Pilain regularly referred to as SAP and those 3 letters additionally gave the impression at the hub-caps, the radiator core and a few radiator logos.
Francois Pilain was once the uncle of Emile Pilain who later based the Rolland Pilain in Excursions.
Few vehicles have been made through Francois Pilain ahead of 1904. In 1906 he introduced a chassis with a 6.2 liter or even a 8.6 4-cylinder engine. The vehicles had spherical radiators within the Delaunay – Belleville or Hotchkiss taste.
Francois needed to go away his personal corporate in 1909 and the brand new administrators offered a variety of smaller vehicles.
In 1913 a v-shaped radiator was once adpopted. The ultimate Pilain was once bought in 1920 underneath the identify S.L.I.M-Pilain.
(supply for portions of this text by the use of: Radiator Logo Assortment)
The frame of the 1911 Pilain Tonneau Kind 40 (underneath) is rather authentic for the reason that entrance left-hand seat must be tipped up to be able to acquire get entry to to the rear seat.