World’s first sports car – 102 year old Vauxhall Prince Henry – set to sell for £500,000 0
The 25hp ‘Prince Henry’ Sports Torpedo was designed by Vauxhall engineer Laurence Pomeroy and dates back to 1914.
First on the market back in 1912, very few of these models have survived. The model to be auctioned has a high waistline, narrow torpedo coachwork and raked windscreen.
The 102 year old car will be put under the hammer at Bonhams’ on December 4th; the new owner will need to do a fair amount of re-commissioning work.
There have been four previous owners of the Prince Henry – including the son of the man who designed it: Laurence Pomeroy Jr purchased this car from the original owner back in 1945. As a child, his father had designed a pedal version toy of his grown up creation.
Also up for sale at the same auction are a 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster which is expected to fetch a whopping £1.2 million. Originally built to push Mercedes-Benz’s return to global competition in the post-war era, this was one of the world’s first supercars and still features the original ‘Made in West Germany’ plaques.
The 1963 Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond films Goldfinger and Thunderball is also featured and is expected to pull in between £570,000 and £610,000.