AN EDWARDIAN motor car which spent much of its life in South Yorkshire sold for £48,000 yesterday - after initially failing to sell at auction.
The 1904 Humberette Royal Beeston had been estimated to fetch between £55,000 and £65,000 when it went under the hammer at Bonhams in London.
But the car, capable of maximum speeds of just 25mph, did not take off during the sale. Afterwards however it was sold for £48,000.
The two-seater was owned in the early years of the 20th century by Harry Gough of Goldthorpe, and later by Mexborough garage owner Frank Harrison who lovingly restored it to the gleaming vintage condition it is in today. In the 1980s the car was bought by Mr Harrison’s neighbour Raymond Nelson. Only 30 of 500 models survive.