Someone in effect paid a mighty £600k for an immediate Brighton Run entry when they stumped up a mammoth price for a 1903 Clement Talbot at Bonhams' pre-event sale in London.
The wooden-bodied four-cylinder 2.7-litre car nearly doubled its low estimate, but does have marvellous history having been with the same family for nearly 80 years and having competed in countless Brighton Runs already.
Second top-seller at the sale was a 1902 Panhard et Levassor 16HP that was owned by Lord Llangattock of Hendre in Monmouthshire, father of CS Rolls, who co-founded Rolls-Royce. This Labourdette-bodied rear-entrance tonneau made a massive £583,900.
Bonhams group CEO Malcolm Barber said: “Once in a while you find a car that really excites you, even after a lifetime of finding and selling automotive gems. This car has it all, history, looks, provenance. I have driven alongside it many times while on the London to Brighton Run. It still wears its CS Rolls brass supplier plates and has an entry for this years Run which takes place two days after our sale. Whoever buys it automatically becomes part of motoring history.”