World's Oldest Running Car Sells For $4.5 Million

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In 1887, the French-made motor car La Marquise was in the first automobile race. It is still running. The car got a standing ovation when it was driven onstage at a recent auction, and a winning bid of more than $4.5 million.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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.

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