On the first Sunday in November, every-year, a unique collection of cars gather in London’s Hyde Park. As if transported back to the turn of the century, hundreds of pre-1905 cars crawl to the start line and begin the journey from London to Brighton. The century-old cars are often difficult to start, difficult to maneuverer, and difficult to stop. The oft-present London rain doesn’t make the journey any easier, but one thing you’ll never see from London to Brighton is a frown. The drivers, their passengers and the Londoners lining the street are sure to be wearing a smile the entire journey.
Being that only cars designated as 1905 models or earlier can participate in the run, it takes a very special vehicle to participate. Fortunately RM Sotheby’s will be offering four eligible cars in our Paris auction this year.
First is the beauty in blue, the 1900 Bardon Type A Tonneau that was dated by the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain and comes with all proper documentation, making it a great candidate for the London to Brighton run. The car seats four, which leaves plenty of room for family and friends to join you on the journey.
Next is a 1900 Créanche Type A Voiturette. One of only two cars surviving from the marque, this means that the new owner will more than likely have the only car built by French firm Sté L. Créanche of Courbevoie, Seine. Finished in white with red leather and accents, the car is sure to be greeted with smiles wherever it goes.
The auction will also feature two 19th century cars, including the stunning 1897 Vallée Vis-á-Vis, one of the last surviving examples of Vallée vehicles, this candidate for the run offers some protection from the elements, with a black canvas roof, and finally the 1896 Raynaud Vis-á-Vis Prototype, one of the most advanced cars of its era, featuring a geared transmission. The car remains original, aside from a repaint in its original colors, and is believed to be the only prototype built by industrialist Claude Raynaud.
The London to Brighton Run is a decades old tradition and these four lots present an opportunity at being a part of the 2016 event. Join us in Paris on 3 February and start your journey from London to Brighton.2