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Rare 1889 Germain 6hp set for auction

Published 02 November 2017

Ten vehicles from the early days of motoring will be offered at Bonhams’ London to Brighton Run Sale on 3 November at its New Bond Street salesroom. The highlight of the European collection is the rare 1898 Germain 6hp Twin-Cylinder Open Drive Limousine (£150,000-220,000), which is thought to be the prototype car for the Belgian company.

The circa 1902 Ader Twin-Cylinder V-Twin Four-Seater (£85,000-100,000) is an early example from the French marque founded by Clément Ader, the man responsible for establishing Paris’s phone network in 1880.

One of only a handful of survivors, the De Dion Bouton-engined 1901 Hurtu Type G 4½ Rear-Entrance Tonneau (£65,000-80,000) is to be offered without reserve - an ideal first time Brighton runner.

The 1903 Stevens-Duryea Model L Runabout (£55,000-65,000) is a rare find on this side of the Atlantic and this example is not thought to have been run since its original days in the early 20th century but remains in good condition.

Another rare lot is the unrestored 1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle (£30,000-35,000). It is an interesting project, as it comes with a gearbox, making it far more useable than any others of its kind.

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