Vauxhall for sale after 108 years in family

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The oldest surviving Vauxhall car will go under the hammer next month.

The 1903 two-seater 5hp veteran is expected to fetch between £60,000 to £80,000 when its goes on sale at auctioneers Bonhams in London on November 2.

It is one of several classic cars to be auctioned ahead of this year’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.

Bonhams UK motor car department director Tim Schofield said: “This is the first time in 108 years this historic landmark vehicle has been offered on the open market.

“We believe it is the oldest surviving Vauxhall, which makes it a very important motor car.”

The car was first ordered for Vauxhall managing director Percy Kidner on November 6, 1903.

It passed to its second owner the following year and has remained in the family’s ownership ever since.

The two-seater, modelled in cream with brown leather upholstery, continued to be used for regular transport until about 1920.

It was kept in storage until 1948 before being loaned to the London Science Museum in 1955.

The car then completed the London to Brighton Run in 1956 in a time of three and a half hours.

The vehicle underwent major refurbishment between 2001 and 2002 and has seen minimal use since that time.

Others cars in the auction include a 1904 Richard Brasier 16hp Four-Seat Side-Entrance Tonneau, which is expected to fetch between £220,000 and £300,000.