1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau Brings £550,640

1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau
1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau - Image courtesy of Bonham's

1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau takes pole position at Bonham’s annual London to Brighton Run Sale.

The annual sale coincides with the extremely popular London to Brighton outing, which takes place today, Sunday 4th November 2018.

1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ

Out of an impressive 94% of lots sold (12 out of 13 motor cars) and a total of £1,750,778 achieved, the top lot of the sale was the imposing 1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau which took place in the legendary Paris-Madrid Tour.

Eventually selling for a staggering £599,640, against a pre-sale estimate of £550,000-650,000.

1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau 2
1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau 2 – Image courtesy of Bonham’s

Oldest Car

The oldest car of the sale was the elegant 1894-5 Peugeot 2½hp Twin-Cylinder Two-Seater, which is believed to have taken part in the Paris-Rouen Race. It achieved £356,500, and its new owner is considering flying in to London to drive his new motor car to Brighton for the first time. The 1901 Schaudel 10hp Four-Seater Rear-Entrance Tonneau was offered with entry in to the Run on Sunday and sold for £120,750.

Confident of its well preserved state, the vintage classic will be driven to Brighton by its new owners.

One of only two thought to exist, the c.1902 Liberia-Dupont 12hp Twin-Cylinder Two/Four-Seater Detachable Tonneau performed well, selling for £115,000 while the 1904 Star 7hp Twin-Cylinder Two-Seater realised £87,400.

1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau
1903 Darracq 24hp Model JJ Rear-Entrance Tonneau – Image courtesy of Bonham’s

Tim Schofield, Head of Bonhams UK Motoring Department, commented:
“Today’s results show that the appetite for the earliest motor cars remains as strong as ever. Our specialist team are nearly all owners and drivers of veteran machines, and we enjoy sharing this particular interest with likeminded bidders from across the world. We are delighted with today’s sale, and look forward to seeing some of the cars making their way to Madeira Drive on Sunday.”

Full auction results can be found here.

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