For Sale: A Steam Powered Car
This week RM Auctions will sell what it calls the oldest known automobile. The company expects the car to sell for at least $2,000,000. From the RM Auction site:
When the young Comte de Dion stopped at the Giroux toy shop on Paris’s Boulevard des Italiens in December 1881, he was looking for toys to give as prizes at a ball he was planning. But he was intrigued by the quality of the workmanship of a model steam engine and asked who had built it.
Directed to the workshop out back, he found Georges Bouton and Charles-Armand Trepardoux. They were earning a measly seven francs a day building model boats and steam engines and scientific instruments. De Dion promptly offered them 10 francs a day and asked them to build a full-size engine, such as might power a carriage. So, in much the same way as the aristocratic Charles Rolls engaged engineer Henry Royce some 20 years later, a multi-class partnership was formed between a wealthy entrepreneur and working class craftsmen.
RM Auctions: 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam
There are several more photos on the site.
See also: 1899 electric car (yes, that’s right) sells for $550,000
The Women of the Future from 1902
This postcard series from France in 1902 depict visions of women in various occupations in the future.
Les Femmes de l’avenir postcards