De Dion Bouton World Record price set for the oldest working car in the world


2015-06-26 12:35:55


De Dion Bouton World Record price set for the oldest working car in the world

Also known as 'La Marquise', the 127 year old car proved unstoppable at RM, reaching $4.62m

The world's oldest running motor car, a historic 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout, entered the history books on Friday, October 7, selling for an impressive $4.62m before a packed house at RM Auctions' Hershey, Pa., sale.

The impressive price more than doubled the presale estimate and represents a new world record for an early motor car sold at auction.

Commissioned by French entrepreneur, Count de Dion and named "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.

Attracting a starting bid of $500,000 and immediately jumping to $1,000,000, bidding moved swiftly to applause from the crowd, with the gavel eventually falling at an extraordinary $4,200,000. The final sales price of $4,620,000 includes 10% buyers' premium.

World oldest running car De Dion BoutonThe World's oldest running car: an 1884 De Dion Bouton

"We were honoured to have been entrusted with the sale of this most important motor car from the renowned collection of the late Mr. John O'Quinn.

"The world's leading automotive collectors recognized the incredibly rare opportunity the sale represented, as was reflected in the spirited bidding and impressive result," said Rob Myers, Chairman & Founder, RM Auctions following the sale.

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.

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