Oldest running car up for sale [VIDEO]
An 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout, billed as the oldest car in the world that still runs, will be sold in a Hershey, Pennsylvania auction next month.
Nicknamed ”La Marquise” after the first owner’s mother, the 127-year-old steam-powered vehicle won the world’s first car race in 1885. It measures nine feet long and weighs 2,100 pounds with a maximum speed of 38 miles per hour. According to RM Auctions, the company that’s overseeing the sale, the car is expected to sell for between $2 million to $2.5 million.
“La Marquise is arguably one of the most important motor cars in the world,” says Rob Myers of RM.
“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.”
Here’s a video uploaded by the auction house that shows the car in action.