Gobron-Brillié was a French automobile manufacturer that was active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The company was founded in 1898 by two brothers-in-law, Léonce Girardot and Eugène Brillié, who had previously worked together at Panhard et Levassor.
The Gobron-Brillié cars were known for their high quality and innovation, and the company was particularly successful in the early years of automobile racing. Gobron-Brillié cars won several major races, including the Gordon Bennett Cup in 1902 and the Vanderbilt Cup in 1904.
One of the key innovations of Gobron-Brillié was the use of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in their cars. This allowed for smoother acceleration and better fuel efficiency than the traditional manual transmissions of the time. The company also experimented with various types of engines, including gasoline, electric, and even steam.
Despite their early success, Gobron-Brillié struggled financially in the early 20th century and was eventually acquired by Hotchkiss et Cie in 1930. The brand was later discontinued, but Gobron-Brillié cars remain a notable part of automotive history for their innovations and racing success.