One of the most prominent and highly revered auction houses in the world, RM Auctions, as announced that it will putting up an extremely rare 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepadoux Dos-A-Dos for auction. This particular model is deemed as the world’s oldest fully functioning car that is powered by one of the oldest means of propulsion, steam. This wonderful specimen that represents the very roots of automobile engineering was commissioned by Count Comte de Dion in the year 1881 and the vehicle was introduced to the world in the year 1884. Designed and developed by Georges Bouton and Charles Armand Trepardoux, the 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepadoux Dos-A-Dos was named after the Count’s mother and the vehicle was later renamed to ‘La Marquise’ that made it relatively easier to identify with. This remarkable vehicle was also the first of its kind to take part in an auto race that is now known to be the first ever auto race in the year 1887.
The 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepadoux Dos-A-Dos even bagged award at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours and this one of a kind vehicle was capable of a top speed of 38 mph, while storing 20 liters of water on its tanks. When the car was officially introduced, the production model was redesigned and revamped from the prototype version, thereby offering a seating capacity for four occupants and the car was designed to be driven by a single driver, without the need of any assistance. Since its inception, the 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepadoux Dos-A-Dos has had four owners and this magnificent piece of auto history had been in the possession of the last owner for more than 80 years. Now, as the Dos-A-Dos goes up for auction, RM Auctions expects it to fetch a figure between $2,000,000-$2,500,000.
Update: Beating the previous estimates of $2.5 million, the 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepadoux Dos-A-Dos, hailed as the world’s oldest running cat has now finally been sold for a whopping $4.62 million.