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World's oldest running car fetches $4.6 million at auction

by Aaron Richardson (RSS feed) on Oct 8th, 2011 at 12:02PM

The world's oldest running car, an 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trapardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout, made history Friday, fetching $4.62 million at RM Auctions' Hershey, Pennsylvania event. Before a packed house, the 127-year-old ride quickly eclipsed its $500,000 starting bid. By the time the dust had settled, the gavel fell at $4.2 million. The final price included a ten-percent buyer's premium. The crowd began applauding as soon as the car crept onto the stage and the enthusiasm didn't wane until well after the sale. The Runabout had been in the same family for 81 years prior to the sale,... Read More

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