The oldest running vehicle in the world, a steam powered car built in France, will be auctioned on August 19th at Pebble Beach, California.
The car runs on coal, wood, and bits of paper. It takes about a half-hour to work up enough steam to drive. Top speed is around 38 miles per hour. It was built in France in 1884, 12 years before Henry Ford manufactured his first car.
The four-wheeled De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux, nicknamed "La Marquise," was originally built for the French Count De Dion. The car has had only two other owners since.
In an 1887 demonstration drive, the car covered a 19-mile course at an average speed of 26 miles per hour. The following year, it won the world's first car race.
Gooding & Company are handling the sale and the estimate is $1.5m to $2M. I suspect that it will make much more.