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Friday, June 21, 2019

Here is the ancestral figure of sports car existed today

The world automotive market share is enlivened by various types of cars, one of which is a sports car. Although very familiar with its name, but not many people know the ancestral figure of the sports car. The world's oldest sports car is known as the Vauxhall 'Prince Henry' Sport Torpedo which produced by Vauxhall, a British auto manufacturer in between 1911 to 1914.
Many highly regarded historians claim the Vauxhall 'Prince Henry' Sport Torpedo is the first ever sports car. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
As quoted from the Mirror.co.uk pages, in its time the Vauxhall Sport Torpedo was able to drive at a speed of 129 kph (80 mph). Those performance numbers are obtained from its 4-cylinder four-litre monoblock engine capable of spraying power up to 25 bhp. At that time the automotive technology was in its infancy and the average road car would be lucky to hit half of the speed produced by this car.
The Vauxhall Prince Henry Sports Torpedo was capable of a top speed of more than 129 kph (80 mph). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
Perhaps because of those car's quick performance so that many highly regarded historians claiming the Prince Henry is the first ever sports car. Or in other words, it earned the moniker because it was essentially a re-bodied racing car, capable of being driven at high speeds while carrying four people and a boot-load of luggage.
The vintage car is to be sold for the first time in almost 50 years. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
However, it is not known for certain availability at the beginning of production, but in the intervals of several years the availability of the ancestors of sports cars in the world has been depleting. Even today there are only seven units left and become one of very rare automotive products.
This was a time that technology in cars was in its infancy. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
This car was developed by Vauxhall's engineer named Laurence Pomeroy, was given coachwork by Hoskison Ltd from Birmingham and was delivered new to the T.W. Badgery, a keen cyclist and businessman who works in the leather industry in Worcester.
The open-top Vauxhall was given coachwork by Hoskison Ltd of Birmingham and delivered new to T.W. Badgery. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
Mr. Badgery ran the Vauxhall on castor oil second pressings from his leather factory and kept it until 1931, by which time the car enthusiast and his chauffeur, Witts, had clocked up an impressive 140,000 miles.
Its impressive performance was sourced from a 4-litre engine which developed 25bhp. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2WPeOYD)
Then the ownership of this car turned to Laurence Pomeroy Jr, whose dad was the famous Vauxhall designer and engineer who came up with the Prince Henry and He kept it until his death in 1966.

While the last owner of the car was known as Reg Long, an engineer from Lincolnshire who bought it in 1970 and died early in 2016. During the 46 years Mr Long owned the car, it has been driven around Europe and featured in numerous books and magazine features.
And finally, the 1914 Vauxhall 'Prince Henry' Sport Tornado was auctioned by the Bonhams auction house in London, England in 2016. At that time the car that was considered very rare was offered start at a price of £500,000 or Rp.8.8 billion. And reportedly, the car had sold for £516,700 (Rp.9.4 billion). *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | BONHAMS | MIRROR.CO.UK]
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