Veteran 1903 Clement Talbot up 35% at Bonhams

A teak-bodied 1903 Clement Talbot has sold at the top of Bonhams' London to Brighton Run Sale, which was held on November 1 in London.

1903 Clement Talbot Sears Veteran
The car was formerly owned by Stanley Sears, who was renowned for his restoration and conservation of early motor cars

The vehicle in question is a veteran of the famed rally, which is the world's longest running motoring celebration. Registered for 2013's event and in fantastic condition, it sold for £606,300 ($966,654) - a 34.7% increase on its £450,000 high estimate.

When first produced in 1903, the car was a state of the art model, boasting four cylinders and producing 2,714cc. It was delivered new to entrepreneur Julius Drewe, founder of the UK's Home and Colonial Stores, and has spent much of its life in the hands of the family of early restoration expert Stanley Sears.

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