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Lorraine-Dietrich was an automobile and aero-engine manufacturer from 1896 - 1935. They were headquartered in the then-disputed province of Lorraine, which, at the time the marque began the manufacture of cars, was annexed to Germany.
The name of the automotive and aero-engine division was changed to Lorraine-Dietrich in 1908.
Post-World War I
After World War I, with Lorraine restored to France, the entity restarted manufacture of automobiles and aero-engines. Their 12-cylinder aero-engines were used by Breguet, IAR, and Aero, among others. Their inter-war automobile line included the 2,297 cc 12 CV four, the 3,445 cc 15 CV six, and the 6,107 cc 30 CV six.
Le Mans victory
Their 15 CV model won the third and fourth stagings of the Le Mans 24 Hours Race in 1925 and 1926. Lorraine-Dietrich thus became the first marque to win at Le Mans twice and the first to win there in two consecutive years.
End of automobile production
Automobile production eventually became unprofitable for the marque and, after the failure of their 4,086 cc 20 CV model, the concern ceased production of automobiles in 1935.