World’s Oldest Car
October 10, 2011 by staff
The auction house, RM Auctions, had estimated that the car sells for about half. It represents the highest price ever paid for a car at an auction early. The price includes “buyer’s premium”, 10% going to the auction company.
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The car was built in France in 1884, a year before Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz of Germany built their first experimental gasoline cars. (The two were working independently of each other.) Henry Ford ended her car garage built 12 years after.
The four-wheel Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux, nicknamed “La Marquise” was originally built for the French Count De Dion, one of the founders of the company that built it.
Fueled by coal, wood and scraps of paper, the car is half an hour to work up steam enough to drive. The maximum speed is 38 mph. The car drove at that speed during what has been called the world’s automotive career first in 1887, according to RM Auctions.
The car was last sold in 2007 for about 3.5 million at auction in Pebble Beach, California in August 2007.
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