100-year-old car going under the hammer at Sparkford sale

IN a world of electric vehicles and supercars, a piece of history will go under the hammer in Somerset next month.

A 1905 De Dion-Bouton is being sold in the Charterhouse Classic & Vintage Car Auction, being held at Haynes Motor Museum on Thursday, June 27.

“Amazingly, this little car has only had four owners in its 119 years,” said auctioneer Richard Bromell.

“A rare survivor from early motoring this will grace any garage or collection.”

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Powered by a single cylinder, 942cc engine, the De Dion-Bouton has been enjoyed by all four owners.

In 1994, it completed the John O’Groats to Lands End Rally, in 2000 the 1000-Mile Trial Centenary Run and in 2005 the London to Brighton Run by invitation.

It has an estimated sale price of £22,000 to £25,000 when it goes under the hammer at the Sparkford venue.

Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their busy programme of specialist auctions including classic motorcycles on June 6, classic cars on June 27, Mid-Century & Decorative Arts on July 4 and then Pictures, Maps & Books on July 5.

Contact Richard Bromell and the Charterhouse Team for specialist advice and valuations at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, on 01935 812277, or via

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