Oldest Vauxhall sold for £94,000
Published 02/11/2012 | 17:18
A car believed to be the oldest surviving Vauxhall has been sold for £94,460 at auction.
The 1903 Vauxhall two-seater was snapped up by a UK buyer at Bonhams in London for almost £15,000 more than its guide price.
Modelled in cream with brown leather upholstery, the car was ordered for Vauxhall managing director Percy Kidner on November 6 1903.
Mr Kidner sold the car in April 1904 to Dr Dudley Bernhardt, who lived in Marylebone, London.
The vehicle remained in the Bernhardt family and was in regular use until around 1920 - when it was fitted with a modern-style radiator and bonnet.
Interest in the car perked up after the Second World War and in 1955 it was loaned to the London Science Museum for exhibition.
With help from Vauxhall Motors at Luton in Bedfordshire, the museum modernised the vehicle, which took part in London to Brighton runs. It underwent a major refurbishment in 2001/02.
Tim Schofield, director of Bonhams' UK motor car department, said: "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."
A 1904 Richard-Brasier sold for £223,260 and a 1903 Barre Tonneau Chassis was bought for £133,660.