Landmark 1903 Vauxhall sold at auction
A classic Vauxhall two-seater, originally ordered for the car manufacturer's managing director Percy Kidner in November 1903, has just sold at auction for £94,460.
The car, thought to be the oldest surviving Vauxhall, was bought by a UK enthusiast at Bonhams in London.
The buyer paid nearly £15,000 more than the guide price to secure the 1903 Vauxhall 5hp Two-Seater Light Car, which has cream-coloured paintwork and brown leather upholstery.
In April 1904, Mr Kidner sold the car on to Dr Dudley Bernhardt, a resident of the Marylebone region of London.
The Bernhardt family made frequent use of the vehicle until around 1920. Car collectors became interested in the vehicle after World War Two and it was loaned to the London Science Museum for exhibition in 1955.
The museum thoroughly modernised the Vauxhall, enabling it to take part in London to Brighton runs, and it was given a full-scale overhaul at the start of the new millennium to ward off the threat of mechanical breakdown.
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."
published: 05/11/2012 17:00:00