Francois Pilain had worked for Serpollet and for La Buire ahead of starting up on his personal in 1893. He then labored for Vermorel prior to returning to Lyons in 1901 where by he established up the Societe des Vehicles Pilain normally known as SAP and these three letters also appeared on the hub-caps, the radiator main and some radiator emblems.
Francois Pilain was the uncle of Emile Pilain who later established the Rolland Pilain in Excursions.
Several automobiles have been designed by Francois Pilain ahead of 1904. In 1906 he presented a chassis with a 6.2 liter and even a 8.6 4-cylinder motor. The cars and trucks had spherical radiators in the Delaunay – Belleville or Hotchkiss design.
Francois had to go away his personal organization in 1909 and the new directors introduced a array of scaled-down cars and trucks.
In 1913 a v-shaped radiator was adpopted. The previous Pilain was sold in 1920 under the title S.L.I.M-Pilain.
(source for elements of this short article via: Radiator Emblem Collection)
The physique of the 1911 Pilain Tonneau Kind 40 (beneath) is really original for the reason that the front left-hand seat has to be tipped up in purchase to attain entry to the rear seat.