103-year-old Rolls Royce up for auction
World’s oldest Rolls Royce is a 10-horsepower, two-seater built in 1904, same year when the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was founded.
As the oldest surviving model of this fabled marque, this 103-year-old car serial number 20154 is, therefore, a true motoring icon and a priceless object of automotive history.
Number 20154 was first exhibited at the Paris Salon in late 1904 and then displayed at London’s Olympia Show in early 1905. Having had just three owners in the last hundred years, the car was restored by the penultimate owner in the 1950s and has been carefully cherished by the present owner for the last thirty years. This is the first time this car has ever been offered on the open market in the last century and strong interest is anticipated from major collectors worldwide. Bids in excess of $2 million are expected.
Appropriately, the car will be offered for sale in its home country of England in December, but will be on display at Bonhams auction at Quail Lodge in Carmel this month.
The 10th annual Bonhams & Butterfields Auction of Important Collectors’ Motorcars will take place at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California on Friday, August 17th during the world-renown Pebble Beach Car Week.