October 20, 2017 at 11:32 AM
A 1894 Santler Dogcart, believed to be Britain's oldest surviving petrol car, is going under the hammer next month. The 123-year old automobile is expected to sell in excess of £250,000, making it more expensive than most modern supercars. The 1894 Santler 3½hp Dogcart, capable of just 10mph, is an open-top two-seater with a rich history. Originally steam-powered, it was built by engineering brothers Charles and Walter Santler from Malvern, Worcestershire.
The Santler was purchased by Alec Hodsdon, a professional harpsichord maker and restorer of veteran cars, in the 1950s. Mr Hodsdon restored the veteran automobile and sourced a 3.5 horsepower Benz engine from the 1890s, enabling the Dogcart to run for the first time in around 50 years.
Experts at The Veteran Car Club Dating Committee say the Santler is officially from 1894 - making it the oldest known surviving British motorcar.
A statement from auctioneers Bonhams said ahead of the November 3rd auction date: “Surviving 19th Century British motorcars are exceedingly rare, regardless of the type of power unit. The Santler belongs to this exclusive group."
Read the Santler Dogcart's story here.