Perhaps the world's first hybrid, an 1896 Armstrong sells for $483,400 at Amelia Island

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Default Perhaps the world's first hybrid, an 1896 Armstrong sells for $483,400 at Amelia Island

Ask fair-weather enthusiasts to name the first hybrid automobile, and the answer is likely to be the Toyota Prius, which debuted in the Japanese market in 1997, or the Honda Insight, which hit the market in 1999. Those with a broader automotive knowledge may cite the 1901 Lohner-Porsche Semper Vivus , but the 1896 Armstrong phaeton hybrid , which sold for a fee-inclusive price of $483,400 at the Bonhams Amelia Island sale on Thursday, March 10, predates the Semper Vivus by approximately five years.



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