Friday, 10 August 2007

World’s oldest surviving Rolls Royce for auction.

Bids expected in excess of £1-million!
Bonhams has announced the sale on 3 December 2007 of the world’s oldest known surviving Rolls Royce, built in 1904 - the year Rolls Royce was founded.

Rolls-Royce Car no. 20154, a diminutive 10hp two seater, is a true motoring icon. Bidding in excess of £1-million is expected when it goes under the hammer at Bonhams’ annual Olympia Motoring Sale in London.

Stewart Skilbeck, Bonhams’ Motoring Specialist says: “This is the first time this car has ever been offered on the open market since 1904 and we expect strong interest from major collectors worldwide.”

Car no. 20154 was first exhibited at The Paris Salon in the late autumn of 1904. Rolls-Royce records confirm delivery from the Manchester Works in November that year. The car was displayed at the Olympia Show in London in February 1905. The car is the only Rolls Royce qualifying on the basis of its pre-1905 date eligible to take part in the prestigious London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

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