Photo Album: World’s Oldest Running Car – 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout

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.

Enjoy the photos…

Photo from the recent auction...

 -Blake J.

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