1908 Napier Type 23A 45HP Seven-Seater Touring
Offered by Bonhams | Carmel, California | August 15, 2014
D. Napier & Son of London began selling automobiles in 1900, although the company dated back to 1808. Among their claims to fame: they built the first British race car and they were the first company to sell a six-cylinder car. They were an accomplished, important, early British motor manufacturer.
This Type 23A uses a 45 horsepower 6.2-liter straight-six. It’s a powerful car for 1908 and, remarkably, it retains its original body. The car came to America at some point around WWII and was owned by the President of the Veteran Motor Car Club of America. Later, it entered a collection in the 1960s – and remained there until the current owner acquired it in 2007.
A restoration was then carried out and it shows beautifully. The car has been brought to the U.S. for sale, but it has not been shown here – so it’s a perfect candidate for admittance into the great many prestigious car shows that country has to offer. It can be your ticket for between $1,100,000-$1,400,000. Click here for more info and here for more from this sale.
Update: Sold $1,034,000.
Update: Not sold, Bonhams Amelia Island 2023.