One of the highlights at the RM Auctions Hershey sale in Pennsylvania will be the De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout, which is expected to sell for something in the region of $2-2.5m dollars.
We like old cars too, but why such a high price? Well, ‘La Marquise’ as it’s affectionately called, was built built by Georges Bouton and Charles-Armand Trepardoux in1884. It’s therefore the oldest working car in existence.
It was never much of a family car, and in fact was used for racing and was a participant in the first motor car race, in 1897, in which none of the car’s competitiors showed up!
It is said that the car could reach speeds of up to 37mph, though averaged only 18mph.
‘La Marquise is arguably one of the most important motor cars in the world,’ said Rob Myers of RM Auctions.
‘With its impeccable provenance, fully-documented history and confirmation by leading historians as the world's oldest running motor car, its sale represents a once-in-a-lifetime ownership opportunity for savvy collectors, unlikely ever to be repeated.’
There’s understandably a lot of interest in the RM Auctions sale on 6-7 October given that such an historic vehicle is set to feature.