SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Bonhams has announced the consignment of the oldest existing Rolls-Royce in the world, a 10-horsepower, two-seater built in 1904 — the year Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was founded. The car is 103-years old car.
“Number 20154” was first exhibited at the Paris Salon in late-1904 and then displayed at London’s Olympia Show in early-1905. Having had just three owners in the last hundred years, the car was restored by the penultimate owner in the 1950s. This is the first time this car has ever been offered on the open market in the last century. Bids in excess of $2 million are expected.
The car will be offered for sale in its home country of England in December, but will be on display at Bonhams’ auction at Quail Lodge in Carmel this month.
The 10th annual Bonhams & Butterfields Auction of Important Collectors’ Motorcars will take place at Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, Calif., on Aug. 17 during the Pebble Beach Car Week.
Buyers interested in previewing the Rolls-Royce and registering to bid for any of the historic cars being offered may call the Client Services Department at (415)861-7500. Illustrated catalogs may be viewed online and purchased at http://www.Bonhams.com/Quail, or by calling (800)223-2854.