World's oldest Vauxhall up 18.1% on estimate at Bonhams

The world's oldest surviving Vauxhall classic car has beaten its estimate by 18.1% at Bonhams in London.

The 5hp two-seater sold for £94,460 ($150,959) against its £80,000 ($128,250) high valuation at the November 2 Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia auction.

Oldest Vauxhall classic car
The 1903 Vauxhall had been owned by the same family for more than 100 years

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

Boasting cream paintwork and brown leather upholstery, Vauxhall managing director Percy Kidner bought the car new in November 1903.

It passed to a Marylebone, London-based owner in 1904, in whose family it had since remained.

The car was used regularly until around 1920. It went on show at London's Science Museum in 1955 before undergoing a major refurbishment between 2001 and 2002.

Tim Schofield, director of Bonhams' classic car department, said prior to the auction: "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".

Founded in London in 1857, the company originally produced marine engines and pumps. Today it is a subsidiary of Opel, itself a subsidiary of General Motors.

The auction was highlighted by a 1904 Delaugere et Clayette, which sold for £225,500 ($360,409).

A 1904 Richard Brasier 16hp Four-Seat Side-Entrance Tonneau sold for £223,260 ($356,554).

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