It may not have been the most expensive car that sold at Bonhams’ Amelia Island Auction, but it’s one of the oldest and rarest. And with people finally able to attend a live auction again, it drew a crowd.
A 1905 Queen Model E Light Touring, the sole documented Queen Model E survivor, found a new home for $80,640 on Thursday evening. If you’ve never heard of an automobile that carries that royal moniker, you aren’t alone. The bright green Brass-Era Queen received plenty of attention during Bonhams’ preview period, mostly because of its obscurity. As one onlooker admitted, “I’ve heard of the band Queen, but not a car named Queen.”
Once upon a time, there were 1500 of them out there. Of course, that was over 100 years ago. Built