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World's Oldest Running Car Sells For $4.5 Million

Oct 12, 2011
Originally published on October 12, 2011 8:24 am
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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

Long before the Model T, there was the La Marquise - a motorcar that drove in the first automobile race back in 1887 and is still running, which is why the car got a standing ovation when it drove onstage at a recent auction, and a winning bid of over $4.5 million. The French-made motorcar runs on steam. It speeds along at 38 miles per hour, but not for long, since its engine needs a water refill every 20 miles. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.