World’s oldest running car, De Dion Bouton Et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout, has been put up for sale. The car will be available for bidding early next month and is expected to fetch up to £1.6 million.
Commissioned by French entrepreneur, Count de Dion, and built by Georges Bouton and Charles-Armand Trepardoux, the 1884 De Dion steamer was nicknamed “La Marquise” after the Count de Dion’s mother. This 127-year-old automobile had single-family ownership for 81 years and currently has only four owners. La Marquise was even a participant in the first automobile race in 1887.
- Nine feet in length
- 127-year-old motor
- Steam engine takes 45 minutes before its ready
- Engine powered by paper, wood and coal
- Maximum speed of 38mph
- Covers 20 miles on a tank of water