HERSHEY, Pennsylvania – The world’s oldest running car, a historic 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout, managed to enter the history books. The world’s oldest car got sold for whooping $4.62 million before a fully packed house at RM Auctions’ Hershey.
The Dos-a-Dos (Back-to-Back) Steam Runabout was built in 1884 by George Bouton and Charles-Armand Trepardoux for French entrepreneur Count de Dion, who named it ‘La Marquise’ after his mother.
The 127 year old vehicle drew a standing ovation from the audience as it drove onto RM’s Hershey auction stage. The Bid started with $500,000 and immediately jumped on to cracking $1,000,000, with the gavel eventually falling at an extraordinary $4,200,000. The final sales price of $4,620,000 includes 10% buyers’ premium.
The new owner joins an elite list of just five collectors to have claimed ownership of La Marquise over its well-documented history. In addition to being the world’s oldest running motor car, La Marquise’s impressive provenance includes participation in the first automobile race in 1887, where it reached a top speed of 37 mph on the straights, along with a double award at the famed 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In addition, La Marquise has also successfully completed four London to Brighton runs in the UK.
This 127 year old vehicle has only had four owners, remaining in one family for 81 years, and has been restored twice, once by the Doriol family and again by British collector Tom Moore in the early 1990′s.