Bonhams are holding a classic/vintage car and automobilia auction on 2nd November 2012 at which the oldest Vauxhall that is surviving today in the world will be available for sale.
The vehicle is an outstanding 1903 Vauxhall Two-seater 5hp Light Car. It is likely to be the car that attracts the most attention at the Bonhams’ sale in view of its rarity value.
Bonhams describe the car as: “truly remarkable and represents a landmark car in the history of one of England’s premier motor car manufacturers”.
Bonhams estimate that the Vauxhall will achieve between £60,000 to £80,000 at the auction and a great deal of interest is expected. A staggering fact is that this will be the first occasion that this car has ever been available for sale in its long history that goes back over 108 years.
Interestingly, the car was originally owned by Percy Kidner who was the Managing Director at Vauxhall when it was ordered back on the 6 November 1903. At the time it was ordered in a cream bodywork and red upholstery together with two side lamps.
Amazingly, the car comes with original artefacts and files that will no doubt add value to this sought after car.
The sale will also include another vehicle that has been mentioned in an earlier blog post – a 1904 Wilson-Pilcher four-cylinder 12/16hp four seater Phaeton. This car is believed to be the only one left of its type and it has remained within the same family since being built over one hundred years ago.
These two delightful classic cars qualify for the London to Brighton rally that takes place this year.
So, for all those keen Vauxhall classic car enthusiasts this is probably a good occasion to attend the auction and remember to bring along your chequebook as well just in case you are tempted on the day. We suspect the opportunity to purchase this classic Vauxhall is not going to come up again for many years to come.