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Monday, 02 December 2019 15:16

On the Lighter Side: Pioneering Prototype of the Modern Motor Car Heads to Auction

Written by David Szondy, New Atlas
The Panhard 1901 7hp is one of the world's first modern motor cars. The Panhard 1901 7hp is one of the world's first modern motor cars. Bonharms

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It was later sold to British enthusiast, Leslie Bucknall for twice its price and taken to England where it was given the name "Le Papillon Bleu" by his daughter Vivienne.

 

It ended up in the hands of Veteran Car Club President Tom Lightfoot, who drove it on the 60-mile London to Brighton vintage car rally.

 

The Bonhams London to Brighton Run Sale, Veteran Motor Cars and Related Automobilia took place in London on Nov. 1, 2019. "Le Papillon Bleu" is estimated to fetch between $258,00 to $323,000.

 

We thank New Atlas for reprint permission.


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