World's oldest car for families that's still running sells for twice the expected price at auction. French vehicle from 1884 runs on steam, but other models lay claim to world's oldest car.
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A French-built steam runabout, billed as the world's oldest running family car, has sold for $4.62 million at an auction of antique and collectible cars in Hershey, Pa.
The de Deon Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout sold Friday at the annual RM Auctions Inc. sale to an undisclosed buyer, said Tyler Castle, the Blenheim, Ontario-based company's client services coordinator.
The auctioneer says there are other running vehicles that aeo older – and might qualify as world's oldest car. And some older cars possibly could be made to run again. But "La Marquise," as it's known, is one of the world's most important collectible cars.
Preauction estimates had put the value at $2 million to $2.5 million.