RM Auction’s ‘World’s Oldest Running Motor Car’ sells for $4.62 million

By on Oct 11, 2011 in Announcement, North America, World Comments


1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux
Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout
Image Credit: rmauctions.com

The steam-powered 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout, apparently the world’s oldest running motor car, was sold for $4.62 million at the RM Auctions Saturday in Hershey, Pennsylvania, as announced by several international news sites, October 10, 2011.

According to reports, the said vehicle drew an attractive bid of more than twice of what it was expected to fetch. It was further revealed that an amount of $420,000, a 10 percent fee, was added to the winning bid of $4.2 million.

Related reports claim that this 1884 steamer, similarly penned as “La Marquise“, was built by Charles-Armand Trepardoux and Georges Bouton under the commission of French entrepreneur Count de Dion.

The new owner of the said nine-foot long vehicle, which features “spade handle” steering and twin compound steam engines, is believed to be the fifth in its long history. Reports further reveal that it is not yet known if the newly auctioned vehicle will join a private collection or be set on public display.



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