Oldest surviving Ford sold at auction

| 15 Oct 2012

A Ford Model A has sold at RM’s Hershey fixture for $264,000.

The 1903 example came with an extensive history file, and is believed to be the oldest Ford still in existence. It took part in the London to Brighton run in 2003, was invited to Ford’s centenary celebrations in the UK that year and had a complete engine rebuild in ’07.

Powered by a two-cylinder engine, the little machine was, at launch, touted as the fastest way for an ordinary man to cover ground in a day.

It also sported original features such as an extremely rare Kingston carburettor and the original coil box stamped with the car’s number 30.

The Ford wasn’t the top result on the day, however. That honour went to a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Dual Windshield ‘Barrelside’ Phaeton for a massive $1,292,500.

It had belonged to ‘agent to the stars’ Phil Berg, racing (and beating) a Mercedes SSK at Muroc Dry Lake in 1932 as part of a wager amongst Hollywood high-flyers.

Other highlights from the 11 October sale included a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sport Sedan ($792,000), which is one of only two in existence; and a 1933 Packard Twelve Convertible Coupe ($451,000) that came with a history dating back to the 1950s.

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