Bonhams & Butterfields lately celebrated the 10 th anniversary of its distinguished motorcars auctions at Quail Lodge on 17 August 2007 carving success laurels. Now the world’s oldest surviving Rolls Royce has reached the Bonham’s auction house in London on 17 October 2007.
The 1904 car (the year year the motor-car was founded), with model number 20154 is a miniature 10-horsepower two-seater and is anticipated to generate bids over $ 2 million (euro 1.43 million) at a scheduled auction on 3 December in London. This is for the first time that this model is available in public for sale after its original sale in 1904. Earlier, a local private collector paid $403,000 for a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Regent Convertible Coupe. Tantamount with luxurious travel, this 103-year-old car is an established name in this fabled marquee and a perfect motoring icon and a priceless object in the automotive history.
Initially, number 20154 was first displayed at the Paris Salon in late 1904, followed by London’s Olympia Show in early 1905. During the last 100 years, the car had three owners as it was reinstated by the penultimate owner in the 1950s and then is cautiously treasured by the present owner for the past 30 years. The much-anticipated auction is a great opportunity for the collectors from across the globe to handpick this car and label it to their name.
Via German Car Zone
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