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  • Britain’s oldest functioning car to make $330,000?
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    Paul Fraser
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Britain’s oldest functioning car to make $330,000?

The 1894 Santler 3½ Dogcart, Britain’s oldest functioning car, will auction at Bonhams London on November 3 with an estimate of up to £250,000 ($329,630).

Santler British car

As a two seater, the Dogcart wasn't road legal when it was built 

Hand built by brothers Charles and Walter Santler, it’s a major piece of British motoring history.  

The car features a chassis constructed from wood, which unfortunately proved a little too weak to carry the requisite three people needed to operate it under the Red Flag Act of 1865.

While it was illegal to operate on British roads, the brothers took it out a few times before putting it in storage. In the 1930s, it was rediscovered and later renovated.

It remains capable of speeds up to a knuckle-whitening 10mph.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • auctionbritishcarcharlesdogcartflaglawlondonmphoperateredrenovatedrequiredsantlertook