Sunday, February 9, 2014

Oldest Motor Vehicle trivia

The oldest running motor vehicle still runs and was sold at auction for $4.2 million to an unnamed buyer. Two bidder chased the price up in a 3-minute bidding war at RM Auctions.

The Dos-a-Dos (Back to BAck) Steam Runabout was built in 1884 by George Bouton & Charles Armand Trepardoux for French entrepreneur Count de Dion who named it "La Marquise" after his mother. It was built one year before Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler invented the internal combustion engine.

In 1887 with Count Dion at the tiller, it won the worlds first ever motor race covering 32 km from Paris to Versailles and back in one hour and 14 minutes at an average of 25.9 km/h and reaching speeds of 60 km/h on the straights. The car had only four owners remaining in one family for 81 years and has been restored twice. It has participated in four London to Brighton runs and won a double gold at the 1997 Pebble Beach d'Elegance in California. And that is todays automotive trivia tidbit.

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