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‘Oldest’ Vauxhall sells at auction for lb94k

November 5, 2012
Posted in Auctions,Cars,Interesting — Written by Nationla Numbers

Possibly the 'Oldest' Vauxhall in the world?

Possibly the 'Oldest' Vauxhall in the world?

The 1903 Vauxhall 5hp, believed to be the oldest surviving car of its kind, has been sold at auction.

The classic car, which sports the number plate A 719, fetched lb94,460.

Bonhams are the company behind the sale of the Vauxhall. The London-based company are regarded as one of the largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. They have even sold a piece of motoring history to Nationla Numbers in the past, Eric Craggs’ prized EC 2.

Director of Bonhams’ UK motor car department, 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.”

A 1904 Richard-Brasier and a 1903 Barre Tonneau Chassis were sold for lb223,260 and lb133,660 respectfully by Bonhams in the past.

History

On November 6th, 1903, Vauxhall managing director Percy Kidner ordered the 5hp.

Kidner himself sold the car in April 1904 to Dr Dudley Bernhardt, from Marylbone, London.

The Bernhardt family kept the car in their possession until around the 1920s, when they ‘renovated’ the car with a modern-style radiator and bonnet.

During World War II it was loaned to the London Science Museum for exhibition. Interest in the car was said to be very high at the time.

Vauxhall Motors assisted the museum in refurbishing the car in 2001 and 2002.

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Evolution of 007 Cars by Evans Halshaw

November 4, 2012
Posted in Famous Cars — Written by Nationla Numbers

On their website Evans Halshaw have posted some excellent illustrations of all the James Bond cars through history. He is the pick of the litter:

(1962) Doctor No – Sunbeam Alpine

The Alpine was the first James Bond car and had no alterations by Q’s lab.

The Alpine was the first James Bond car and had no alterations by Q’s lab.

(1964) Goldfinger – Aston Martin DB5

The first appearance of the most iconic James Bond car.

The first appearance of the most iconic James Bond car.

(1967) You Only Live Twice – Toyota GT 2000

Only two of these convertibles were ever built, and they were custom-made for the film!

Only two of these convertibles were ever built, and they were custom-made for the film!

(1977) The Spy Who Loved Me – Lotus Espirit S1

Possesses full underwater kit that transforms the car into a submarine.

Possesses full underwater kit that transforms the car into a submarine.

(1987) The Living Daylights – Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Equipped with out-riggers for ‘skiing’ off-road in snowy conditions.

Equipped with out-riggers for ‘skiing’ off-road in snowy conditions.

(1997) Tomorrow Never Dies – BMW 750I1

Conveniently controlled by a remote control in 007’s mobile phone.

Conveniently controlled by a remote control in 007’s mobile phone.

(2006) Casino Royale – Aston Martin DBS V12

Given to 007 by M on his first assignment. Has a medical station containing poison analysis kit and a defibrillator.

Given to 007 by M on his first assignment. Has a medical station containing poison analysis kit and a defibrillator.

(2012) Skyfall – Aston Martin DB5

The sixth time the Aston Martin DB5 has been featured in a Bond film.

The sixth time the Aston Martin DB5 has been featured in a Bond film.

For the full list visit the Evans Halshaw website.

What is your favourite James Bond car? Let us know in the comment section, or through Twitter using #NationalNumbers.


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