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World's oldest running car fetches $4.6 million at auction
AutoBlog ^ | Oct 8, 2011 | Aaron Richardson

Posted on 10/10/2011 1:44:00 PM PDT by bkopto

The world's oldest running car, an 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trapardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout, made history Friday, fetching $4.62 million at RM Auctions' Hershey, Pennsylvania event. Before a packed house, the 127-year-old ride quickly eclipsed its $500,000 starting bid.

By the time the dust had settled, the gavel fell at $4.2 million. The final price included a ten-percent buyer's premium. The crowd began applauding as soon as the car crept onto the stage and the enthusiasm didn't wane until well after the sale.

The Runabout had been in the same family for 81 years prior to the sale, and is one of six De Dion tricycles known to still exist. A total of 20 of the three-wheelers were built. When new, the trike had a top speed of 38 mph and a range of 20 miles on one tank of water. The vehicle that sold last night was the only car to show up for the world's first auto race, where it averaged 16 mph over a 20-mile course.

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KEYWORDS: automobiles

1 posted on 10/10/2011 1:44:08 PM PDT by bkopto
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To: bkopto

Helen Thomas went out for a date in it............


2 posted on 10/10/2011 1:45:31 PM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: bkopto

Maybe GM can reverse engineer it , sell it , and call it a hybrid.


3 posted on 10/10/2011 1:47:13 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (See ya later, debt inflator ! Gone in 4 (2012))
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To: bkopto

Jay Leno, please pick up the courtesy phone.


4 posted on 10/10/2011 1:47:42 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Salamander

Steam trike


5 posted on 10/10/2011 1:47:45 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: bkopto

my wife has a one-owner, sales receipt, ‘87 olds cutlass 2 door

for sale.

is there a legacy car website?


6 posted on 10/10/2011 1:49:48 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: bkopto
De Dion Bouton Et Trapardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout

Ricardo Montelbon would probably love to sing that.

7 posted on 10/10/2011 1:50:39 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_CbuQKT8SU

Hyde was right!


8 posted on 10/10/2011 1:52:45 PM PDT by Salamander (Alice Cooper hit me with a stick.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

What is a Trapardoux?


9 posted on 10/10/2011 1:53:46 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: bkopto
Heck, it would still beat a vega in a race.
10 posted on 10/10/2011 1:56:13 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: ken21

I’d put it on eBay. That’s where the action is, unless you take it to one of the auction houses.

On eBay you can search prior auctions and get a feel for similar transactions.


11 posted on 10/10/2011 1:56:49 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: bkopto

12 posted on 10/10/2011 1:57:42 PM PDT by Parmenio
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To: bkopto
It's coal powered, too! That makes the technology predate the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf by more than 125 years!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUgVCR_658M

(Probably a more efficient process than burning the coal to make electricity, using the electricity to charge batteries and then using the batteries to run an electric motor to move the car!)

13 posted on 10/10/2011 1:58:48 PM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: ken21

My dad had a 77 Seville in good running condition. Doubt it would bring much.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8hucOCTfms

Wonder if I could make a deal assuming if it still for sale and a decision was ever made on a price tag for this old workhorse dad bought a few years back:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIbRlsBH0Qk

Meanwhile I slog it out when I am able and have some money on this old rescue jalopy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es2_DaYkmnc


14 posted on 10/10/2011 2:00:52 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: bkopto

I have a device somewhat like it in obsolesence and present functionality, although it’s not a car. It’s a Curta Calculator that I bought in early 1970 when I began my first private sector job as an attorney doing estates and trusts. It’s an entirely manual device that adds, subtracts, and multiplies out to, IIRC, 12 figures. At the time it cost about $175.00. It became totally obsolete about 2 years later with the introduction of the first electronic calculators. I still have it with its instructions, case, and original box. Since it looks like a combination of a coffee grinder and grenade, I’ve not tried to take it on any air planes.


15 posted on 10/10/2011 2:01:21 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: SERKIT

Or James May?


16 posted on 10/10/2011 2:01:31 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Red Badger

Oh great now photos will surface of her in this thread..hehehe


17 posted on 10/10/2011 2:03:59 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: org.whodat

18 posted on 10/10/2011 2:04:04 PM PDT by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: bkopto

I’d be happy with a muscle car.


19 posted on 10/10/2011 2:04:44 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (Obama inherited a mild recession from George W. Bush and turned it into a major depression.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
My guess it is the third in the partners of de Dion, Bouton, and Trapardoux. De Dion & Bouton were definitely partners, and with the way the "et" is in the title, it probably is the name of a partner.

However, it has been a long time since I studied French...

20 posted on 10/10/2011 2:06:37 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: nascarnation

thank you.


21 posted on 10/10/2011 2:08:01 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: kosciusko51
Ah, here it is: De Dion-Bouton was a French automobile manufacturer and railcar manufacturer operating from 1883 to 1932. The company was founded by the Marquis Jules-Albert de Dion, Georges Bouton (1847–1938) and his brother-in-law Charles Trépardoux.
22 posted on 10/10/2011 2:08:20 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: libstripper

How similar is it to the manual Felt & Tarrant Comptometers???


23 posted on 10/10/2011 2:11:23 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: libstripper

There was a FR thread a few months back that had video of a Curta calculator. Pretty cool device. Had a little crank on top that you turned and the digits would register around the outer rim.


24 posted on 10/10/2011 2:14:30 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: libstripper
I saw a Curta at the Computer History Museum. Very cool. Your description jogged my memory of it.
25 posted on 10/10/2011 2:14:45 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: ridesthemiles
How similar is it to the manual Felt & Tarrant Comptometers???

Curta Calculators are way more complex, portable, and ultra-geek cool.


26 posted on 10/10/2011 2:15:58 PM PDT by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: nascarnation

Bet it has a ford rear end, and probably a 440 dodge motor. LOL


27 posted on 10/10/2011 2:23:46 PM PDT by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow democrats.)
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To: kosciusko51

Well, yeah, but what’s a Dos-A-Dos?


29 posted on 10/10/2011 2:30:20 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Democrats: the Party of NO!)
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To: bkopto

AutoZone is still checking the warehouse for parts.


30 posted on 10/10/2011 2:33:42 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: eCSMaster

back-to-back. The two front passengers sat facing forward, the two back passengers sat facing backwards. You can see the back rest in the picture on post #12.


31 posted on 10/10/2011 2:35:39 PM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: count-your-change

After you spent three hours trying to convince them to look them up in a book because their computers were down...


32 posted on 10/10/2011 2:41:41 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: ridesthemiles

Please tell me if I’m wrong. As I remember seeing some desk top manual arithmetic machines (not sure if they’re what you’re referring to), those machines had horizontal carriages, were operated by entering numbers with keys, and results were reached by turning a crank on the arriage. My Curta has twelve tabs, each of which can be moved up or down to any digit from 0 to 9. Then you turn a crank and move the carriage to get an answer. As I said, it’s about the size of a hand grenade or hand held pepper grinder.


33 posted on 10/10/2011 2:44:49 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Spktyr

Yep. The guy kept saying, “Can you spell that?”


34 posted on 10/10/2011 2:46:58 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: libstripper

Curta Calculator


Go on ebay and search using that above term - brother, those things bring some heavy cake! And that is without the case, instructions, box. One sold with a buy it now option for $1,500.00.


35 posted on 10/10/2011 3:06:54 PM PDT by warsaw44
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To: libstripper

Never had heard of the Curta...spent about hour reading

about this machine...one I read how people who tried to

disassemble sending the parts back to the factory to be

be put back together.Amazing machining involved

The cheapest I saw on ebay was $900

Pretty heavy I imagine


36 posted on 10/10/2011 3:19:02 PM PDT by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Harold Shea

I have a Curta II model. They are the smallest four function calculator ever made. They weigh mere ounces and are built like a Swiss watch. Their nearest competitors, such as Ohdner or Facit, weighed 10+ pounds. The controls are smooth as silk. When I turn the crank, I feel and hear the faint sound of gears whizzing at high speed. As I said, they perform four functions, but division is tedious.


37 posted on 10/10/2011 3:41:41 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

One-and-a-half times a Depardieu (but not quite as ugly)?


38 posted on 10/10/2011 3:45:42 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Talisker
How similar is it to the manual Felt & Tarrant Comptometers???

The Comptometers added, and perhaps subtracted. They are big and must weigh 20 pounds. They were suited for fast addition of ledger columns. The Curtas weighed ounces and were also capable of multiplication (not too hard) and division (very tedious).

39 posted on 10/10/2011 3:47:08 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: bkopto

My daddy told me the first car he ever saw was a steam car. The guy stopped near where he lived and got some wood, built up some steam and took off on down the wagon rutted “road”.


40 posted on 10/10/2011 4:11:59 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

according to post #12, it looks like a cross between a sewing machine, a vendor’s cart, and a locomotive.


41 posted on 10/10/2011 4:20:41 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: bkopto
That is alot of money for someone to pay when they could have just stole it!

NO ONE WOULD EVER KNOW!!!!!!

http://hphotos-sea1.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/188785_211521858863716_208156372533598_952856_7546068_n.jpg

42 posted on 10/10/2011 4:29:47 PM PDT by KC_Lion (If Mr Kenyan gets Four more years, then Phase II will fall into place, may G-D have mercy on us all)
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To: eCSMaster
That's what we had before we got Windows-A-One, A-Two,an A-Three.
43 posted on 10/10/2011 9:46:36 PM PDT by tdscpa
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To: Red Badger
Helen Thomas went out for a date in it............

There was a time when Helen Thomas could get a date? Who knew!

44 posted on 10/10/2011 10:29:33 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Yardstick
There was a FR thread a few months back that had video of a Curta calculator. Pretty cool device. Had a little crank on top that you turned and the digits would register around the outer rim.

You can try out a Flash simulation of the Curta here.

If you want a real one, look on eBay.

http://www.curta.de/

45 posted on 10/10/2011 10:38:44 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: warsaw44

Up from $170 when I bought it in 1970. As soon as the electronics came out, I knew it was totally obsolete and carefully put it, in its box with the instructions, in my desk and waited for the day, about 40 years later, when it would be a valuable antique/curio. Looks like that day’s here and I’m just going to keep on hanging on to it.


46 posted on 10/11/2011 4:57:24 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: bkopto
Dos-A-Dos

Forerunner of the Tata.

47 posted on 10/11/2011 4:58:15 AM PDT by Larry Lucido ("#Occupy America" is a great success! I got mail today addressed to "Occupant"!)
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To: TexasRepublic

“I have a Curta II model.”

I bet you’re not planning to sell it any time soon, maybe not until the executor of your estate has to deal with it. That’s projection, since it’s just what’s going to happen with mine.


48 posted on 10/11/2011 5:01:10 AM PDT by libstripper
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