Back in October of 2011, the World’s Oldest Running Car made headlines by being driven onto the stage of an RM Auction held in Hershey, Pennsylvania, to the raptures of a standing ovation, before being swiftly auctioned-off for an incredible (yet unsurprising) $4.62 million.
The 1884 De Dion pre-dated the Karl Benz/Gottlieb Daimler internal combustion engine by just one year and was built by George Bouton and Charles-Armand Trepardoux for French entrepreneur Count De Dion, who named it ‘La Marquise’ after his mother.
‘La Marquise’ has only held keep from 4 owners throughout its life, with one family owning it for 81 years. It has received 2 restorations throughout its existence with the most recent one taking place back in the early ’90s. Since then, La Marquise has taken part in four legendary London-to-Brighton runs and received countless awards and honours.
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