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Saturday, August 11, 2007

Oldest Existing Rolls Royce For Sale



The auction house Bonhams has the oldest Rolls Royce in existence coming up for auction in December.



Here it is, a 1904 Rolls Royce 10HP number 20154 registration U44.









There were 16 Rolls Royce 10HP cars made, and according to wikipedia two are still in existence, but I have found three, and there are probably more. I should change it.



Here is the ad.

1904 Rolls Royce 10HP. Ex condition, only 3 previous owners, repainted and done up in 1950's, tyres 80%, recent full service, has MOT and tax, orig car no mods, real head turner, top nick for age, first to see will buy. $2,000,000.00 or best offer. Call after 6pm. No time wasters, tyre kickers or dreamers. +44(0)8700 273 619.

Or maybe its this.

'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'.



Here is an article from 1973 on the car.



The second owner was Mr. Thomas Love Jr. of Scotland and according to this recent article its current owner is in Northern Ireland.

Here are rough quality pictures from the above article.





Now to the others in existence.

A 1905 Rolls Royce 10HP registration AX148 has been featured on Bentley Spotting before here.





Now a vintage picture of the car in action.



Bentley Motors owns another example registration SU13.



Now in action followed by the famous AX201 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.



Those two cylinders must be working hard to move that lot!

My bet is that Rolls Royce Motors will purchase the car for whatever cost, as Crewe has most of the history, and Goodwood I am presuming is limited.

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