World’s oldest car sells for US$3.5m

Posted by jerry on September 3rd, 2007 — Posted in History, Journal, Steam, Technology

Picture yourself behind the tiller of a record breaking racing car – 123 years old and still capable of 60 kilometres per hour. This deDion-Bouton et Trepardoux recently went up for auction and sold for US$3,520,000. It’s quite a catch and it runs quietly on steam. The car was built in 1884

DeDion-Bouton et Trepardoux 1884

DeDion-Bouton et Trepardoux 1884 (photos from Gooding & Co)

You can see a video of the car in action here.

DeDion-Bouton et Trepardoux 1884

The downdraft chimney is not unlike the 1889 Serpollet-Peugeot which suggests that the earlier car influenced the later Serpollet design.

Serpollet steam tricar (photo – Everard 2006)


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