Oldest surviving Vauxhall car set for '$128,250' Bonhams auction

The world's oldest surviving Vauxhall classic car will auction in London next month.

The 5hp 1903 two-seater has an £80,000 ($128,250) high estimate ahead of the November 2 Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia auction.

Oldest Vauxhall classic car
The 1903 Vauxhall has been owned by the same family since 1904

The two-speed vehicles, produced in 1903, were the first cars made by the British based company.

Featuring cream paintwork and brown leather "interior", Vauxhall managing director Percy Kidner bought the car new in November 1903. It passed to a new owner in 1904, in whose family it has since resided.

Tim Schofield, director of Bonhams' classic car department, commented: "This is the first time in 108 years this historic landmark vehicle has been offered on the open market.

"We believe it is the oldest surviving Vauxhall, which makes it a very important motor car and a great addition to what is shaping up to be a fantastic auction at our flagship saleroom in early November."

The vehicle, which was used regularly until around 1920, enjoyed a stint at London's Science Museum in 1955 and underwent a large-scale refurbishment during 2001-2002.

It will face stiff competition at the auction, with a 1904 Richard Brasier 16hp Four-Seat Side-Entrance Tonneau boasting a £300,000 ($481,500) top estimate.

1904 Richard Brasier classic car
A 1904 Richard Brasier has the top estimate of the auction

A Wilson-Pilcher, built by the inventor of the first tank, has a £220,000 ($352,500) valuation.

The world's oldest surviving Ford, a 1903 Model A Rear Entry Tonneau, sold for $263,000 at RM Auctions earlier this month.

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