(AFP) – Dec 3, 2007
LONDON (AFP) — The world's oldest surviving Rolls Royce car drove into the record books Monday when it was sold at auction for 3,521,500 pounds, (7,275,000 dollars, 4,961,000 euros).
The car, made in 1904, broke two records when it was sold at Bonham's auction house in London: the highest price paid at auction for both a Rolls-Royce and a veteran car, classified as pre-1905.
A private British collector became the vintage dream machine's new owner after three telephone bidders drove the price up to twice the initial estimate.
The vehicle is the only Rolls-Royce old enough to take part in the prestigious London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
The previous record for a veteran car was 1.76 million pounds for a 1884 De Dion Bouton, and 1.48 million pounds for a 1912 Silver Ghost Double Pullman Limousine Rolls-Royce.
The 1904 10 horsepower two-seater was first shown in Paris in late 1904, before being displayed at the Olympia Show in London in February 1905. Appropriately, it returned to Olympia to be sold by Bonhams.
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