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This is the 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos.It is the world’s oldest-known, working automobile is going up for auction on October 7th in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
Commissioned by French entrepreneur Count de Dion, the bespoke vehicle – nicknamed the ‘La Marquise’ – was built in 1884 by Georges Bouton and Charles-Armand Trepardoux. It features two steam engines and a 40 gallon (151 liter) water tank which enables the car to travel approximately 20 miles (32 km) and hit a top speed of 38 mph (61 km/h).
The aptly-named De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout will be sold by RM Auctions and experts believe the model could fetch between $2-2.5 (€1.48-1.85) million.
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