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The World's Oldest Rolls-Royce

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« on: August 03, 2008, 01:56:58 am »



The world's oldest surviving Rolls Royce was sold at a London auction for $7.3 million -- the highest price ever paid for a car built before 1905 and is also the most ever paid for a Rolls Royce.
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« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2008, 01:57:45 am »



The steering wheel of the world's oldest surviving Rolls-Royce. Built in 1904, car 20154, a small 10 horsepower open-topped two-seater, which is only the fourth vehicle produced by the landmark cooperation between Charles Rolls and Henry Royce, and is the oldest one still running.
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« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2008, 02:00:31 am »



The gear levers of the Rolls-Royce. An anonymous British collector paid twice the auctioneer's estimate for this vehicle.
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« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2008, 02:01:29 am »



The car was sold by Bonham's auctioneers in London with two telephone bidders driving up the price of this rare car.
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« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2008, 02:03:21 am »



Despite its age, the Rolls-Royce has had only three previous owners.
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2008, 02:04:10 am »



Here a Bonham's employee inspects the Rolls-Royce before the auction.
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2008, 02:05:02 am »



A possible buyer views motor cars for sale at the Bonham's Car Auction in London. The Important Collectors' Motor Car sale was for one day only. While there were many interesting vehicles there, it was the world's oldest Rolls-Royce that stole the show.
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« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2008, 02:05:43 am »



The previous record for a car built before 1905 was $3.4 million, the price paid for a 1884 De Dion Bouton.
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